Maija Hynninen (b. 1977) – composer and sound artist – is working in the areas of concert music, electronic instrument design and multidisciplinary performances. The essence of her music builds on the unique moments where the parameters of this world are slightly altered to allow a glimpse of another reality to be present. It can be a moment where the timbre of purely acoustical writing gives surprising results or when electronics project sound into another domain, another space and reality.
She entered the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in 2003 (M.Mus. 2011) to study with Paavo Heininen while also working for a violin diploma at the Norwegian Academy of Music. The studies in electronics continued at IRCAM Cursus 2012–13. She is currently PhD candidate at UC Berkeley and at CNMAT, with Franck Bedrossian, Edmund Campion, Carmine Cella, Cindy Cox, Myra Melford, and Ken Ueno as her professors.
Hynninen was awarded the Eisner Prize for Highest Achievement in the Creative Arts, and the Nicola de Lorenzo Prize in Music Composition by the University of California, Berkeley. She is recipient of numerous artist grants from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland as well as the Finnish Cultural Foundation. Her work has been described as “etherical” and “highly skillful”, that builds into “a strongly unifying musical arc” (Helsingin Sanomat), “large and strenuous but also fragile and heartfelt” (Hufvudstadsbladet).