Jaakko Mäntyjärvi


Presentation: Interest Session
Title: Your commission, should you choose to accept it: the ins and outs of commissioning choral music
Abstract: Commissioning is a great way to get new, wonderful music; but it also involves challenges and risks. Not many choirs are familiar with commissioning. This talk with case studies includes a checklist for choirs potentially interested in commissioning. And perhaps a few pointers for composers, too.

Biography: Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (b. 1963) is a freelance translator and composer who is today one of Finland’s internationally best known composers of choral music. He has an MA in English from the University of Helsinki; he is accredited as an Authorised Translator Finnish-English and English-Finnish. He also studied theory of music and choir conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Jaakko Mäntyjärvi describes himself as an eclectic traditionalist. Because he is himself a semi-professional choral singer, most of his works, some 100 published to date, are for choir. He was composer-in-residence of the Tapiola Chamber Choir from 2000 to 2005. He has sung with a number of Finnish amateur and professional choirs and is the founder and conductor of Chamber Choir cc FREIA (2015). He has also taught a course in the history of choral music at the Sibelius Academy.