Bio

The musical career of the multitalented finnish composer, pianist and conductor Tuomas Turriago (1979) has been versatile to the utmost, and the main motivator has been a huge passion for music, regardless of instrument, style or genre. He is as confortable conducting musicals as he is playing anything from Bach to contemporary music. He started playing the piano at the age of 7 and by the age of 9 he was also composing. His debut as a soloist of an orchestra was at the age of 11, playing Mozart A-major concerto K488, with the Jyväskylä Orchestra. At 13 he won first prize in the interscandinavian piano competition in Kil, Sweden and at 22 he won second prize in the finnish national Jyväskylä Piano Competition. He embarked on a career focused on chamber music, and has worked as a lecturer in collaborating piano at Tampere Music Academy/Tampere University of Applied Sciences since 2004 and as chamber music teacher at the Sibelius Academy since 2019. He has been soloist of various finnish orchestras and has performed at numerous music festivals in Finland and all over Europe, the US, Colombia, Near East and Far East.Alongside his career as a pianist, he has also been a prolific composer, with 41 works to date, including two chamber operas, two piano sonatas, sonatas for tuba and piano, trumpet and piano, horn and piano, flute and piano, alto saxophone and piano and recorder and cembalo, two string quartets and a symphony for strings. He has been published by Fennica Gehrman and Uusinta Kustannus. His piano work Jitters (2016) won second prize in a composition competition organized by the Tampere Piano Association, and was a compulsory work in the first national finnish Tampere Piano Competition 2017. Since 2010 Tuomas Turriago has been a regular conductor of TampereRaw and Tampere Music Academy. Also, Tuomas Turriago is a founding member and conductor of Tampere Chamber Opera Association. In his ever-increasing activity as a conductor he has performed also with Vaasa, Seinäjoki and Mikkeli City Orchestras, Tampere Chamber and the Tampere Philharmonic Brass.
Tuomas Turriago has recorded for Alba, Ondine and Pilfink -labels. He was named candidate for the Contemporary Composer Award of The Finnish Music Publishers Association in 2019.

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