Osmo Tapio Räihälä
Osmo Tapio Räihälä is a Finnish composer of art music. His music has been performed in around two dozen countries on five continents.
Räihälä’s output focuses on instrumental music. He has written several works for the symphony orchestra, as well as five concertos. Besides music for orchestra and large ensembles, Räihälä has continuously written for various chamber music line-ups. In 1998, he formed the Uusinta Ensemble, and has worked in close collaboration with the ensemble ever since. Commissions and/or performances by the likes of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Helsinki Chamber Choir, many other Finnish orchestras, major festivals and musicians mean, that Räihälä has become one of the prominent Finnish composers of the new millennium. His music is published by Sikorski Musikverlag.
Originally a rock musician, Räihälä’s music eschews many typical pitfalls of contemporary music. In his music, there is often a clear pulse and continuity, and he composes mostly with idiomatic playing methods of various instruments, avoiding to rely on the noise sounds that have become the basic building material of the 21st century art music. Some of Räihälä’s works have quotations and allusions from rock and jazz music. However, these do not form the basis of his music, but are rather used as signals and symbols.
Räihälä has received several major grants. These include numerous fellowships by both the Finnish Culture Foundation and the Central Arts Council of Finland, as well as around two dozen other significant grants/prizes from ’among others’ the Sibelius Foundation, the Madetoja Foundation, the Kordelin Foundation, the Niilo Helander Foundation, Nomus, Teosto, Luses, ESEK. He has also received residency fellowship at Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), Villa Karo (Benin), Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf (Germany) and Arenys de Mar (Catalunya).
Apart from his composing, Räihälä’s voice and face are well-known to the Finnish radio and TV audiences of classical and art music.