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Kalevi Aho

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Forssa, Finland (1949 – present)

Kalevi Aho (born 9 March 1949 in Forssa, Finland) is a Finnish composer.
He studied composition at the Sibelius Academy under Einojuhani Rautavaara, receiving a diploma in 1971. He continued his studies for a year in Berlin with Boris Blacher. His teaching positions include music theory at the University of Helsinki from 1974 to 1988, and a professorship at the Sibelius Academy from 1988 to 1993. Aho has worked as a freelance composer, with a state scholarship, since 1993. He lives in Helsinki.

Aho is known principally as a composer of large-scale works. To date (Dec 2007) he has composed fourteen symphonies, twelve concertos, four operas and several vocal works. His chamber music includes several quintets, quartets, sonatas and solo works.

Read more about Kalevi Aho on the site of Finnish Music Information Centre

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