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Kalevi Aho



Kalevi Aho, one of Finland’s foremost contemporary composers, was born in Forssa in southern Finland on 9th March 1949. He commenced violin studies in his home town at the age of ten, and his first compositions also date from this time. From the autumn of 1968 he studied the violin and composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki; his composition teacher was Einojuhani Rautavaara. 

After graduating as a composer (1971), Kalevi Aho continued his studies in Berlin (1971–72) as a pupil of Boris Blacher at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik and darstellende Kunst. From 1974 until 1988 he was a lecturer in musicology at Helsinki University, and from 1988 until 1993 he was a professor of composition at the Sibelius Academy. Since the autumn of 1993 he has worked in Helsinki as a freelance composer.

The central focus of Aho’s work consists of large-scale orchestral, chamber and vocal works; to date his output includes five operas (1978–2013), sixteen symphonies (1969–2014), twenty-eight concertos (1981–2016), three chamber symphonies for string orchestra, other orchestral and vocal music and a large amount of music for chamber ensembles and solo instruments.

He has also made a number of arrangements and orchestrations of works by other composers. The most important of these is the completion of Uuno Klami’s unfinished ballet Pyörteitä (Whirls). In 1992 the Lahti Symphony Orchestra appointed Kalevi Aho composer in residence, and since 2012 he has been its composer laureate.

In Finland Aho has also gained a reputation as an assiduous writer on music and with his writings and speeches he has also taken a critical stand on the culture politics of Finland. He has occupied a number of important positions in Finnish cultural life.
 


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Aho - Concertos for Trombone and Trumpet
BIS-2196 SACD
 €15
Kalevi Aho - Wind Quintets 1 & 2
BIS-2176 SACD
 €15
Kalevi Aho - Timpani & Piano Concertos
BIS-2306 SACD
 €15
Aho - Saxophone Concerto and Quintet
BIS-2216 SACD
 €15
Aho & Fagerlund - Bassoon Concertos
BIS-2206 SACD
 €15
Kalevi Aho - Piano works
BIS-2106 SACD
 €15
Aho - Theremin and Horn Concertos
BIS-2036 SACD
 €15
Aho - Music with Organ
BIS-1966 SACD
 €15
Aho - Symphony No.15
BIS-1866 SACD
 €15
Kalevi Aho - Works for the Oboe
BIS-1876 SACD
 €15
Aho - Symphony for Organ
BIS-1946 SACD
 €15
The Chamber Music for Clarinet
BIS-1886 CD
 €15
Kalevi Aho - Chamber Symphonies Nos 1-3
BIS-1126 SACD
 €15
Brahms & Ligeti - Horn Trios
BIS-1859 SACD
 €15
Kalevi Aho - Symphony No.13
BIS-1316 CD
 €15
21st-Century Tuba Concertos
BIS-1685 CD
 €15
Aho - Concert for Chamber Orchestra
BIS-1686 CD
 €15
Symphony No.12 ´Luosto´
BIS-1676 SACD
 €15
Aho - Tuba Concerto & Contrabassoon Concerto
BIS-1574 CD
 €15
Nielsen & Aho Clarinet Concertos
BIS-1463 SACD
 €15
Nordic Spell - Concertos for Flute and Orchestra
BIS-1499 CD
 €15
Aho - Symphony No.11
BIS-1336 CD
 €15
Kalevi Aho - Symphony No. 3
BIS-1186 CD
Disc of the Year, MusicWeb International; 10/10, ClassicsToday.c...
 €15
Finntastic - Musical Souvenirs from Finland
BIS-1277 CD
 €15
Solo Flute from A to Z, Vol.1
BIS-1159 CD
 €15
Aho - Chinese Songs and Symphony No.4
BIS-1066 CD
 €15
Kalevi Aho - Two Quintets
BIS-1036 CD
Critics' Choice, American Record Guide
 €15
Kalevi Aho - Two Quintets
BIS-866 CD
10/10/10, klassik-heute.de; 3 stars Penguin Recommendation
 €15
Nordic Trombone Concertos
BIS-888 CD
 €15
Aho - Symphony No.2 & 7
BIS-936 CD
 €15
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