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• opens up completely new sounds and listening experiences perceived as singular and extraordinary even in his Finnish homeland
• studied musicology and composition at the universities of Turku and Helsinki and composition with Harri Vouri
• some of his works have a rhapsodic effect, unexpected for their flow replete with imaginative sound inventions that can also transcend the level of noise
• dramatic effects and sudden contrasts so compelling the listener’s attention is never lost
• virtuoso, highly challenging music
• Räihälä began as a rock musician, which can be clearly felt in the often gripping structure and, at times, frontal dynamics of his works
• Räihälä’s emphasis is on instrumental music - the composer himself experiences his music as extremely pictorial
• visual associations make themselves felt through stylistic changes, motivic contrasts and clearly contoured melodic sequences
• the composer also presents radio and television programmes in Finland

Works by Osmo Tapio Räihälä include:
Soliloque Suite (2013) for various solo instruments
Swarm (2020) for string octet
Mural (2017) for ensemble
Concerto for horn and orchestra (2013)

Works by Osmo Tapio Räihälä are published by Boosey & Hawkes / Sikorski.

Looking Ahead: World première Biodegradeable Kiss for flute and percussion with Kaisa Kortelainen and Jerry Piipponen in Helsinki (12 May); World première new work for flute (1 player) and percussion by Kaisa Kortelainen (flute) and Jerry Piipponen (percussion) in Helsinki (12 May); World première A Sensuous Encounter in the Eastern Garden for 2 violins, orchestra and orchestra with Joensuu City Orchestra under Antti Tikkanen in Joensuu (16 May)

“I can only say that in my music you can perceive a strong pulse, a lot of energy, whole-tone harmonies, fragmentary melodies, rich instrumental colours. And overall, there's a certain playfulness.” – Osmo Tapio Räihälä

Please also visit Osmo Tapio Räihälä’s website at www.raihala.com

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