Kaija Saariaho went to Helsinki for an orchestral premiere, only to be trapped there by Covid-19. Her husband, the French composer Jean-Baptiste Barrière, is in Paris.
Kaija tells YLE: ‘My family is now divided into Finland and France, and I will be longer separated from my husband than ever before.’
How are your days going?
I compose, at least I try, and sometimes the familiar flow comes on.
What do you do when you don’t spend time with music?
I go for a walk, I clean, I cook. I am in touch with family and friends.