Personalities | Magnus Lindberg | Contemporary | Classical

b. 1958
Finnish composer

He studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and later with Ferneyhough and Lachenmann. He made several visits to IRCAM, the research institute founded by Boulez in Paris, and while electronics no longer feature extensively in his music, his distinctive harmonic language owes much to the experiments in spectral analysis he undertook there. He has become one of the most prolific orchestral composers of recent times, appointed composer-in-residence with the New York Philharmonic 2009–12 and the London Philharmonic 2014–17. His works are colourful and dramatically extrovert, increasingly making conscious allusions to early twentieth-century music, such as Stravinsky (in EXPO, 2009), Schoenberg (in Era, 2012) and Ravel (in the Second Piano Concerto, also 2012).

Recommended Recording:
EXPO, Al largo, Piano Concerto No. 2, Yefim Bronfman, New York PO (cond) Alan Gilbert (Da Capo)

Introduction | Contemporary | Classical
Personalities | (Sir) Andrew Lloyd Webber | Contemporary | Classical


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