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KALEVI AHO  

(b 1949 )

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. When he went to university (1968) Aho studied  the violin and composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki; his composition teacher was  Einojuhani Rautavaara.

After graduating as a composer (1971) Aho continued his studies in Berlin (1971-72) as a pupil of Boris Blacher at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und 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, and in 1994 he was awarded a fifteen-year grant from the Finnish state.

The central focus of Aho’s work consists of large-scale orchestral, chamber and vocal works: his output includes four operas (Avain [The Key; 1977-78], Hyönteiselämää [Insect Life; 1985-87], Salaisuuksien kirja [The Book of Secrets; 1998] and Ennen kuin me kaikki olemme hukkuneet [Before we are all Drowned; 1995/1999]), thirteen symphonies (1969-2003), three chamber symphonies for string orchestra, twelve concertos (for violin, cello, flute, tuba, bassoon, contrabassoon, double bass, clarinet, viola, two for piano and a double concerto for two cellos and 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): Aho has orchestrated the ballet’s first act and composed the missing third act, with the concert title of Symphonic Dances. Since 1992 Aho has been composer-in-residence of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra.

Aho has also gained a reputation as an assiduous writer on music and columnist. All in all, his literary output currently runs to more than 500 essays, presentations, columns and other writings.

Kalevi Aho has occupied a number of important positions in Finnish cultural life and has been received many international and Finnish prizes for his production.

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
AHO, K. / TOMASSON, H. / LINDBERG, C.: Flute Music (Nordic Spell) BIS
BIS-CD-1499
Concertos
AHO, K.: Chamber Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (Kelly, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Asbury, Kantorow) BIS
BIS-SACD-1126
Orchestral
AHO, K.: Clarinet Quintet / Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano / Sonata for 2 Accordions (Vanska, Kwak, DiBello, Turner, Ross, Billmeyer) BIS
BIS-CD-1886
Instrumental, Chamber Music
AHO, K.: Kysymysten Kirja / Viola Concerto / Symphony No. 14, "Rituaaleja" (Rituals) (Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Storgards) BIS
BIS-CD-1686
Vocal, Concertos, Orchestral
AHO, K.: Ludus Solemnis / Music for and with Organ (Lehtola) BIS
BIS-1966
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
AHO, K.: Oboe Concerto / Solo IX / Oboe sonata (Bockstal, Yutaka Oya, Lahti Symphony, Brabbins) BIS
BIS-1876
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Concertos
AHO, K.: Organ Symphony, "Alles Vergangliche" / 3 Interludes (Lehtola) BIS
BIS-1946
Instrumental
AHO, K.: Piano Works (Fräki) BIS
BIS-2106
Instrumental
AHO, K.: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7 (Leipzig Radio Symphony, Pommer) Ondine
ODE765-2
Orchestral
AHO, K.: Symphony No. 15 / Double Bass Concerto / Minea (Munter, Lahti Symphony, Vänskä, Kuusisto, Slobodeniouk) BIS
BIS-1866
Orchestral, Concertos
AHO, K.: Symphony No. 9 / Cello Concerto (Hoffman, Lindberg, Lahti Symphony, Vanska) BIS
BIS-CD-706
Orchestral, Concertos
AHO, K.: Theremin Concerto / Horn Concerto (A. Salminen, C. Eyck, Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Storgårds) BIS
BIS-2036
Concertos
AHO: Chinese Songs / Symphony No. 4 BIS
BIS-CD-1066
Vocal, Orchestral
AHO: Oboe Quintet / 7 Inventions and Postlude / Flute, Oboe and Strings Quintet BIS
BIS-CD-1036
Chamber Music
AHO: Quintets BIS
BIS-CD-866
Chamber Music
AHO: Symphonic Dances / Symphony No. 11 BIS
BIS-CD-1336
Orchestral
AHO: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 7 BIS
BIS-CD-936
Orchestral
AHO: Symphony No. 1 / Hiljaisuus / Violin Concerto BIS
BIS-CD-396
Orchestral, Concertos
AHO: Symphony No. 10 / Syvien vesien juhla BIS
BIS-CD-856
Orchestral
AHO: Symphony No. 3 / MUSSORGSKY: Songs and Dances of Death (orch. Aho) BIS
BIS-CD-1186
Orchestral
AHO: Symphony No. 8 / Pergamon BIS
BIS-CD-646
Orchestral
AHO: Tuba Concerto / Contrabassoon Concerto BIS
BIS-CD-1574
Concertos
BEZALY: Solo Flute From A to Z, Vol. 1 BIS
BIS-CD-1159
Instrumental
BRAHMS, J. / LIGETI, G.: Horn Trios / AHO, K.: Solo X (Neunecker, Weithaas, Avenhaus) BIS
BIS-SACD-1859
Instrumental
KLAMI / AHO: Pyorteita / KLAMI: Violin Concerto BIS
BIS-CD-696
Orchestral
LINDBERG / HOLMBOE / LARSSON / AHO: Nordic Trombone Concertos BIS
BIS-CD-888
Orchestral
NIELSEN / AHO: Clarinet Concertos BIS
BIS-SACD-1463
Concertos
SIBELIUS / RAUTAVAARA / CRUSELL: Musical Souvenirs from Finland BIS
BIS-CD-1277
Orchestral
Tuba Concertos (21st Century) - HOGBERG, F. / SANDSTROM, J. / AHO, K. (Baadsvik, Norrkoping Symphony, Rondin) BIS
BIS-CD-1685
Concertos
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