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Matti Heininen’s constant strive for excellence is exemplified in his latest orchestral work, towards the extraordinary adventures of Baron Munchausen for FRSO and Gustavo Gimeno, a score so detailed and rich that printing it required special arrangements. As Munchausen’s tales, Heininen’s music keeps pushing the boundaries of reality, exploding towards absurdity. He, too, is ready to ride the cannonball. The explosion that sends us on our way forward is controlled only by skill and labour.

The challenge Heininen sets for himself is to always outsmart his own intuition. In 2017 his first opera Rakkauden ateria, initiated by Jorma Hynninen, was hailed by the press as ”challenging for audience and performers alike…”. The same year Spettrale, premiered by Trio SurPlus at the Akademie Schloss Solitude was described as ”exceptional show of talent” by Der Neue Merker. Since then it has received numerous performances in Germany, latest by Ensemble KNM Berlin.

A finalist in the Mauricio Kagel Competition 2016, Heininen is constantly working on commissions for various ensembles and festivals. As of this day, he lists over 40 compositions. He continues in the path laid out in his work Spettrale: Freedom and fun are a consequence of control. Without discipline, we remain mere spectres of our potential selves.


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