Hameenniemi, Eero (Olavi)

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Hameenniemi, Eero (Olavi)

Hameenniemi, Eero (Olavi), Finnish composer; b. Valkeakoski, April 29, 1951. He studied with Heininen at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (1973–78), Schaeffer in Kraków, Donatoni in Italy (1979), and Schwantner and Warren Benson at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. (1980–81). In 1975 he became active with Korvat Auki, the Finnish society for the promotion of contemporary music, serving as its chairman (until 1979; 1981-82). He also taught at the Sibelius Academy (from 1977).


dramatic: Ballet: Loviisa (1985-86; Helsinki, March 19, 1987). ORCH.: …Only the Earth and Mountains (1981); 2 syms.: No. 1 (1982–83) and No. 2 (Helsinki, Aug. 31, 1988); Soitto (1984); Dialogi for Piano and Orch. (1985). CHAMBER: Duo I for Flute and Cello (1976); Dedicato… for 12 Instruments (1978); Aria for Horn (1978); Piano Sonata (1979); Clarinet Sonata (1983); Efisaes for Piano and 12 Solo Strings (1983); Canterai… for Flute (1983); String Quartet (1989).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire