Kaija Saariaho in memoriam (1952–2023)
Photo: Christophe Abramowitz

In 2022 we celebrated the music of composer Kaija Saariaho

Musicians from across the Finnish classical-music scene are embarked upon a historic collaboration, inspired by Saariaho’s music. This collaboration culminated in October 2022 with ‘Kaija Saariaho 70’, a series of events across the country in celebration of the composer’s 70th birthday.


Let the music sound!

The anniversary celebrations in 2022 saw performances of numerous works by Kaija Saariaho, including stage works and world premieres.

Over the last four decades, Kaija Saariaho’s music has served as an immense source of inspiration for music students, orchestras, composers and performers, concert organisers and audiences alike.

In 2022, this inspiration became flesh, culminating in a series of concerts and events bringing together the entire Finnish classical-music world for this unique occasion.

In 2022 we raised our bows, batons and above all a toast to Kaija Saariaho and her music, but also to new generations of Finnish composers and performers and their continued creative work!

Check out the updated programme for Kaija Saariaho 70 series via Events link.



Helsingin kaupunkinorkesteriMusiikkitaloMusiikkitalon säätiöMusiikkitalon Urut Soimaan rySuomen kansallisooppera ja -balettiOrgano NovoOulun SinfoniaRadion sinfoniaorkesteriSibelius AkatemiaTampere FilharmoniaTampere-taloTeatro Productions

Collaborative partners

Kulttuuritoimisto Palovaara & RuusilaStudio Pekka Piippo OyWise MusicMusic Finland