Kaija Saariaho is a prominent member of a group of Finnish composers and performers who are now, in mid-career, making a worldwide impact. She studied composition in Helsinki, Freiburg, and Paris, where she has lived since 1982. Her studies and research at IRCAM have had a major influence on her music and her characteristically luxuriant and mysterious textures are often created by combining live music and electronics. Although much of her catalogue comprises chamber works, from the mid-nineties she has turned increasingly to larger forces and broader structures, such as the operas L’Amour de loin andAdriana Mater and the oratorio La Passion de Simone. She was composer-in-residence for Carnegie Hall’s 2011-12 season.
Miller Theatre previously presented a Composer Portrait of Saariaho’s music in the 2009-10 season, opened its 2010-11 season with the U.S. premiere of her ballet Maa, and produced a Touring Composer Portrait of her work at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in the 2011-12 season.