• About the Music

  • Kaija Saariaho: The 2011–2012 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair

    Across a crowded contemporary musical landscape, Kaija Saariaho—Carnegie Hall’s 2011–2012 composer-in-residence—stands apart with her sensual, expansive soundscapes.

    This season, top performers from Saariaho's native Finland and around the world reveal the color and variety of her orchestral and vocal music, while also introducing New York City audiences to works by composers whom Saariaho admires. French vocal ensemble Solistes XXI performs Saariaho’s lesser known—but equally beautiful—choral music, set to a multimedia installation by video artist Jean-Baptiste Barrière. In addition, Saariaho leads a Professional Training Workshop with Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen on writing for solo strings.

    Join us throughout the 2011–2012 season for exclusive video and written material from Kaija Saariaho and others.

  • Kaija Saariaho on Her Inspiration.
  • Kaija Saariaho on her Laterna magica.

  • Kaija Saariaho on the Role of Nature in Her Work

  • Kaija Saariaho on her From the Grammar of Dreams.

  • Kaija Saariaho on Composing Using a Computer in the Past

  • Kaija Saariaho on Finnish Tango.

  • Kaija Saariaho on Composing Using a Computer in the Present