KAI NIEMINEN (b 1953 )
Kai Nieminen (b. 1953) studied the guitar at the Conservatory of Central Finland and the Sibelius Academy and musicology at the University of Jyväskylä. He has also studied composition with Stepán Rak and Pekka Kostiainen and attended master classes with George Crumb and Paavo Heininen amongst others. As a guitarist he has given recitals and appeared as soloist with several orchestras and acted as jury member of the Fernando Sor Guitar Competition. Nieminen has composed a number of orchestral works including Le città invisibili, Chi vivrà vedrà, Time around Lights, Vicoli in ombra, Il castello dei destini incrociati, Time around Spring, In Mirrors of Time…and In Woodlands of the Birds. His list of works also includes a wealth of chamber music and works for solo instruments—especially the guitar. He has also written several concertos: Palomar (Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, 2001), Clarinet Concerto “Through Shadows I Can Hear Ancient Voices” (2002), Concerto per violino e orchestra “Il viaggio del cavaliere…(inesistente)” (2005), La serenissima (Concerto for Viola, Harp and Orchestra, 2006), Reflections…In the Enchanted Waves…Of Time… (Piano Concerto, 2007) and Somni di Gaudí (Oboe Concerto, 2008). The music of Kai Nieminen does not conform to any of the schools or ‘-isms’. Often in the nature of fantasias, his works have been inspired by visions of anything from the fantasy world of Italo Calvino to the silent arctic landscape lit by the Northern Lights. Rests and silence are in fact almost as important to him as sounds, and his indeterminate intervals create an archaic undercurrent. Nieminen believes in musical narratives and their universality. According to him, music cannot exist simply for its own sake; the relationship with the environment and the opportunity for the listeners to lose themselves to tangents of free association are vital aspects of music.