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Maria Elina KALLIONPää

Dr. Maria Elina KALLIONPää

Assistant Professor, Department of Music

Phone number3411-7097
ORCID number0000-0002-2709-3193



BMUS (JAMK), MMUS (Royal Academy of Music), Postgraduate Diploma (Hochschule für Music und darstellende Kunst Wien), DPhil (University of Oxford)

Research area(s):

Electro acoustic composition; super instruments; performance studies; procedural music systems; contemporary opera 

Teaching area(s):

Composition; contemporary music performance; film music; super instruments; music from gendered perspectives

Taught previously at:

Aalborg University

Selected output(s):

Kallionpää, M., Gasselseder H-P., '"Climb!" - A Composition Case Study. Actualising and Replicating Virtual Spaces in Classical Music Composition and Performance', Michael Filimowicz, Foundations in Sound Design for Interactive Media, Routledge. June 2019

Climb (2017-2018), game composition for Yamaha Disklavier Grand and Interactive System (30 min). Research collaboration with the Mixed Reality Laboratory of the Nottingham University. First performance by the author, Djanogly Recital Hall, Nottingham, 9.6.2017. Vinyl recording: Abbey Road Studios, 29.10.2018. Part of the postdoctoral research project “Automatising Musical Expression in Real-Time Performance Settings: Procedural Music Systems as a Composition Technique” (2016-2018)

Croak – or the Unexpected Joys and Perils of Singing (2017-2018), puppet opera in two acts, commissioned by Pori Opera ry and Mixed-Art-Association Poike ry. Composed in collaboration with Markku Klami. (ca. 2h). First performance 9.3.2018

She - An Opera of Imagination (2016-2017), opera based on the novel by H.R. Haggard, libretto by Stefano Simone Pintor. Commissioned by Fabbrica Young Artists Development Program di Opera di Roma. (60 min). First performance: Teatro Nazionale, Rome, Italy, 11.10.2017
Kallionpää, M., Greenhalgh, C., Hazzard, A et al. Composing and realising a game-like performance for Disklavier and electronics. International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark, May 15-19, 2017.

Current project(s):

-    “Sprits of the Land, Lakes, and Sea: Interdisciplinary Opera as a Platform for Research on Nature, Humanity, and Memories”. Research collaboration hosted by the Mixed Reality Laboratory (University of Nottingham)
-    Tampere Biennale 2020, composition commission. New work for Uusinta Ensemble. First performance: April 2020.

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