Bio

Jennah Vainio has studied composition at the Helsinki University and at the Sibelius Academy. She has also participated in master courses by Magnus Lindberg, Jouni Kaipainen, Brian Ferneyhough, Olli Kortekangas and Sven-David Sandström.

Her pieces have been performed both home and abroad and on the radio. Most of Vainio’s pieces are written commissions. Orchestras and choirs that have performed her pieces include Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (USA), Hartford Symphony Orchestra (USA), Norrköping Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), Ensemble Fusions (Canada), Nordlys Ensemble (Denmark), Zagros Ensemble, Mikkeli City Orchestra, The Finnish Radio Chamber Choir and UMO Jazz Orchestra.

Her works have been published (Fennica Gehrman, Sulasol, Uusinta) and recorded (Pilfink Records, Alba Records).

A Sweet Escapade and Ankomst till Hades (Arrival in Hades), two pieces by Vainio, have both enjoyed success in international compostion competitions.

Besides classical music Vainio is known for her passion for metal and country music. A guitarist herself, Vainio’s first influences included the neoclassical metal guitarists Yngwie Malmsteen, Jason Becker and Joe Satriani. As an
composer, Vainio feels that it is important to be versatile stylistically.

Awards
Tampere International Vocal Music Festival composition competition, 2001: First prize with the piece 'Ankomst till Hades' (text: Edith Södergran) for male choir
Deuxième concours International de Composition Musicale, 2003, Belgium: Semifinalist work with the piece 'A Sweet Escapade' in the category for Jazz Orchestra
Pro Musica medal, for years of voluntary work in the field of music, 1992

Varia
Artistic Director, Tampere Beinnale (new music festival) https://tamperemusicfestivals.fi/biennale/
Music advisor at Finnish Composers' Copyright Society Teosto (2005-)
Society of Finnish Composers: member (2004-)
Ung Nordisk Musik (Young Nordic Music): chairman, Finland (2001-2005)
Ears Open Society for young composers: member of the board (1997-2001)

links:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38NoRYzEFss
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AskGerPj3o8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFHFstWvBgU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8dhPZDKhtc

Audio