Finn is lioness of Venice

Finn is lioness of Venice


norman lebrecht

March 12, 2021

The Venice Music Biennale has awarded its Golden Lion to the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.

The award will be made in September, ahead of Lucia Ronchetti’s first Biennale as Artistic Director.


  • Rogerio says:

    Most classical musicians use press photos of themselves from when they were in their 20’s.
    This young lady prefers to present a computer-generated rendition of a 40-year-old version of herself.
    These Finns, always goofing around.
    I wish her luck as she starts off on what is certainly a promising career.

  • La plus belle voix says:

    She originally studied art at the Helsinki University of Art and Design, although that fact seems to have been conveniently airbrushed from her Wikipedia entry, as well as from many “authorised” biographies. Her composition studies were in Helsinki and Freiburg (with Ferneyhough). So she got into contemporary music at the deep end. If I were in the position to commission her, which I am not, I’d ask for a piece in C Major for children’s choir.

  • frank says:

    a really first rate composer, but only for horror films.

  • La plus belle voix says:

    Just wondering what happened to my comment.

  • Rob says:

    You plug her more times than a bath tub.