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Kalevi Aho

Kalevi Aho, one of Finland’s foremost contemporary composers, was born in Forssa in southern Finland on 9th March 1949. He commenced violin studies in his home town at the age of ten, and his first compositions also date from this time. From the autumn of 1968 he studied the violin and composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki; his composition teacher was Einojuhani Rautavaara.

After graduating as a composer (1971), Kalevi Aho continued his studies in Berlin (1971–72) as a pupil of Boris Blacher at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik and darstellende Kunst. From 1974 until 1988 he was a lecturer in musicology at Helsinki University, and from 1988 until 1993 he was a professor of composition at the Sibelius Academy. Since the autumn of 1993 he has worked in Helsinki as a freelance composer.

The central focus of Aho’s work consists of large-scale orchestral, chamber and vocal works; to date his output includes five operas (1978–2013), seventeen symphonies (1969–2017), twenty-eight concertos (1981–2016), three chamber symphonies for string orchestra, other orchestral and vocal music and a large amount of music for chamber ensembles and solo instruments.

He has also made a number of arrangements and orchestrations of works by other composers. The most important of these is the completion of Uuno Klami’s unfinished ballet Pyörteitä (Whirls). In 1992 the Lahti Symphony Orchestra appointed Kalevi Aho composer in residence, and since 2012 he has been its composer laureate.

In Finland Aho has also gained a reputation as an assiduous writer on music and with his writings and speeches he has also taken a critical stand on the culture politics of Finland. He has occupied a number of important positions in Finnish cultural life.

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Jaakko Kuusisto - Symphony
24 FLAC Discount This disc is a double tribute.
Children! - Hiyoli Togawa
24 FLAC Discount After Songs of Solitude (BIS-2553), a projec...
Aho - Concertante works for recorder, saxophone and accordion
24 FLAC Discount Concertante works featuring the recorder, te...
Kalevi Aho - Concertos for Violin and for Cello
Having broken off work on a second violin concerto in 2012, the ...
Kalevi Aho - Double and Triple Concertos
Concertos for cor anglais are few and far between, and harp conc...
Kalevi Aho - Solo, Vol. 1
Kalevi Aho is one of today’s most prolific composers of large-sc...
Songs of Solitude
Songs of Solitude was conceived by the violist Hiyoli Togawa at ...
Kalevi Aho - Sieidi & Symphony No. 5
With 17 symphonies and 32 concertos to date, Kalevi Aho is one o...
Kalevi Aho - Chamber Music
Internationally acclaimed for his music for orchestra (17 sympho...
Kromos - 21st-Century Guitar Music
For his new recital disc, the acclaimed Finnish guitarist Ismo E...
Aho – Concertos for Trombone and Trumpet
Hugely prolific as well as widely acclaimed, Kalevi Aho has comp...
Kalevi Aho – Wind Quintets 1 & 2
With 17 symphonies in his list of works, not to mention operas a...
Aho - Saxophone Concerto and Quintet
To date, Kalevi Aho has composed sixteen symphonies and twenty-e...
Aho & Fagerlund - Bassoon
BBC Music Magazine Concerto Award 2018 The Finnish composer K...
Aho - Piano works
Recording of the Month, 5 Diapasons,...
Aho – Theremin and Horn Concertos
“Empfehlung” “Here are new works that are bo...
Aho - Music with Organ
A companion to Jan Lehtola’s previous recording of Kalevi Aho’s ...
Aho - Symphony No.15
”…terrific music, and the Lahti musicians, under three different...
Kalevi Aho – Works for the Oboe
Music Web International, May 2013: "Fine music and musicianship,...
Aho - Symphony for Organ
Klassik Heute 9/9/9, February 2013.
The Chamber Music for Clarinet
Music Web International: outstanding August 2012: "Fine writing ...
Kalevi Aho - Chamber Symphonies Nos 1-3
Kalevi Aho – Symphony No.13
Classics Today: "A terrific release".
21st-Century Tuba Concertos
The Norwegian tubaist Øystein Baadsvik has made his mark with a ...
Aho – Concert for Chamber Orchestra
Music Web International: Recording of the Month.
Aho - Tuba Concerto & Contrabassoon Concerto
Music Web International: outstanding.
Nielsen & Aho Clarinet Concertos
BBC Music Magazine: Editor's Choice; Gramophone: outstanding; In...
Aho - Symphony No.11
Classics Today 10/10; Gramophone: outstanding; BBC Music Magazin...
Aho / Mussorgsky
Classics Today 10/10; Music Web International: Disc of the Year.
Finntastic - Musical Souvenirs from Finland
Solo Flute from A to Z - Vol.1
10/10/10 2001 Diapason d'Or Diapason 08/2002 ...
Aho - Chinese Songs and Symphony No.4
Classics Today 10/10: 'The Lahti Symphony under Osmo Vänskä play...
Aho - Oboe Quintet
American Record Guide: Critic's Choice; Penguin Guide 3 Stars; K...
Rautavaara: Lintukoto / Pohjola: Tapiolandia
Aho: Tristia - Kantelinen: Ghost - Sallinen: The Palace Rhapsody
Aho - Quintets
BBC Music Magazine: outstanding; Klassik Heute: outstanding.
Nordic Trombone Concertos
Aho - Symphonies Nos 2 & 7
BBC Music Magazine: 5 Stars; Penguin Guide: 3 Stars.
Aho - Symphony No.10
Gramophone: outstanding.
Aho - Symphony No.9
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