Tomi Räisänen

* 02.06.1976 Helsinki

The music of Tomi Räisänen is characterized by a great diversity, a huge spectrum of sound colors and rhythms and a distinct sensitivity to form adapted to each piece. With his gripping and imaginative music, the award-winning composer opens up a wide field for performers to experience very different emotional states and poetic allusions. Among his most important works for piano are his monumental piano concerto "Sublunar Mechanichs" (2011), the suite for piano "Ouvrez la Tête" (2004) and the Piano Quintet (2005). Räisänen also explores the horizons of unconventional sound production with the piano, best heard in the composition "Insiders" (2004), in which the inner life of the piano is imaginatively explored by 3 players. Elements of electronics are also important in his works, for example in "Dreamgate" for 2 toy pianos, a singing pianist and tape. The piano also plays an essential role in works for ensembles, for example the toy piano in the fabulous work "Die Sauna der 7 Brüder" (2010).


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 PIANOVERSAL Listening Tips : Tomi Räisänen


PIANO CONCERTO "Sublunar Mechanics" (2011)

Sami Väänänen - solo piano, Orquestra Sinfônica do Recife, Osman Giuseppe Gioia - cond.
Aufnahme der Uraufführung: 19. April 2011, Teatro de Santa Isabel, Recife (Brazil)



7 Pieces for solo piano, dedicated to Erik Satie
Heidi Saario - piano
Recording of the First Performance, May 19, 2016, Toronto

Dreamgate for toy pianos & tape (2006) 

Roope Gröndahl - toy pianos
Kantakaupungin kitarakonsertit (KaKaKiKo 2012), August 25, 2012
Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki (Finland), Olli Ylinen - Kamera



Insiders for grand piano and 3 players (2004)

junctQín keyboard collective: Elaine Lau, Joseph Ferretti, Stephanie Chua
Heliconian Hall, Toronto, May 19, 2016
I. Glass Music, II. Wood Music, III. Metal Music



Piano Quintet (2005)

The ICon Arts Ensemble:
Mihai Murariu - piano, Raluca Stratulat - violin, Irina Dancu - violin, Alina Stavăr - viola, Vilhelem András - cello, Gabriel Bebeşelea - cond.
Recording: July 26, 2012, Thalia Concert Hall, Sibiu (Romania) 


Falls for piano six hands (2016)

junctQín keyboard collective: Elaine Lau, Joseph Ferretti, Stephanie Chua
First Performance: Heliconian Hall, Toronto, May 19, 2016

Die Sauna der 7 Brüder

Ensemble Neue Musik im Ostseeraum: Anne Buchin - flute & toy piano,  Nora Müller - clarinet & toy piano, Jonathan Shapiro - percussion, Felix Kroll - accordion, Ninon Gloger piano & toy piano, Laura Traub viola & toy piano, Daniel Sorour - cello, Matthias Lassen - electronics, Tomi Räisänen - cond

CD Edition Troy 2016



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Tomi Räisänen: composer of the week Nr. 32 / October 2019

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