Lotta Wennäkoski: Lelele (2009-10)

Pages 4, 24, and personal note, pencil on manuscript paper and pen on paper, 8.5" x 11” and 6" x 8".

Born in Helsinki, Lotta Wennäkoski (OM 17) began her musical career as a violinist, and had not composed a piece of music until studying with Eero Hämeenniemi at the Sibelius Academy. Other influential teachers include Kaija Saariaho, Paavo Heininen, and Louis Andriessen. The debut performance of her work took place at the Musica Nova Helsinki Festival in 1999, and in 2003 she received a commission by Esa-Pekka Salonen, who conducted the piece’s premiere with the Helsinki Philharmonia.

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