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Mikko Heiniö


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(1948 – present)

Mikko Heiniö (born 18 May 1948) is a Finnish composer.

He studied composition with Joonas Kokkonen in Finland and with Witold Szalonek in West Berlin, earning a diploma in composition from the Sibelius Academy in 1977. He also studied musicology and in 1984 earned a doctorate in the subject from the University of Helsinki. He was appointed professor of musicology at the University of Turku in 1986, composer-in-residence of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra in 1997, and has served as Chairman of the Society of Finnish Composers since 1992.

Heiniö’s compositions include seven piano concertos and numerous symphonic and chamber works. He has written two operas: the church opera Riddaren och draken (The Knight and the Dragon, 2000), and Käärmeen hetki (The Hour of the Serpent, to be premiered in September 2006.
Heiniö is also a noted writer on music, specializing in the subject of new Finnish music. He has written thirty books and nearly a hundred articles. His music has been recorded on the BIS label.

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