Contributors

Lari Aaltonen
Writer
Lari Aaltonen is an ethnomusicologist interested in the representation of ethnicity in music, forced migration and applied ethnomusicology. He is also a musician and a lecturer.
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Anu Ahola
Editor in Chief
Martin Anderson
Writer
Tove Djupsjöbacka
Writer
Tove Djupsjöbacka is a musicologist and freelance journalist specializing in flamenco, folk music and world music. She is also active as a flamenco dancer and chamber choir singer. Her musical taste ranges from renaissance polyphony and Verdi operas to hiphop. Tove writes about music and dance for Hufvudstadsbladet, FMQ, Kansanmusiikki, Rondo, flamenco magazine Letra and keeps a blog (in Finnish): www.pinnanalla.fi.
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Janne Flinkkilä
Writer
Janne Flinkkilä (b. 1978) is a writer and cultural management entrepreneur from Helsinki.
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Pekka Hako
Writer
Pekka Hako has published two dozen non-fiction books, mainly on music culture, and has also written, directed and produced more than 30 documentary films and TV documentaries on music and the arts.
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Liisamaija Hautsalo
Writer
Liisamaija Hautsalo is a musicologist who was awarded her PhD at the University of Helsinki, Finland, in 2008 for a thesis on Kaija Saariaho’s (b. 1952) first opera, L’amour de loin (2000). Since then she has been working at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Her first own research project in 2011–2014, ‘Articulation of Identity in Finnish Opera’, was funded by the Academy of Finland. She will start as an Academy of Finland Research Fellow on September 1, 2017. Hautsalo has been specialized in opera studies, history of opera, and Finnish opera as well as musical semantics. Hautsalo holds the Title of Docent at the University of Helsinki.
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Riikka Hiltunen
Writer
Riikka Hiltunen is a music journalist and musicologist, who worked many years as the editor of FMQ, and is still happy to contribute to her former employer. Her main research interest is pop music songwriting process, but she is very familiar with Finnish folk music scene as well.
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Jan-Erik Holmberg
Writer
Jan-Erik Holmberg, a long-standing contributor for the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE and the national daily Hufvudstadsbladet, is a freelance journalist specializing in jazz.
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Heidi Horila
Writer
Heidi Horila is a Turku-based freelance journalist exploring the territories of art, society and culture. She's intrigued by the phenomena and collisions of everyday culture and life, and the dialogue around it.
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Merja Hottinen
Writer
Merja Hottinen is a doctoral student in musicology at the University of Helsinki. She is currently on study leave from her position as Research and Development Manager at Music Finland.
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Hanna Isolammi
Editor
Timo Jaakola
Graphic Designer
Juho Kaitajärvi-Tiekso
Writer
The author is finishing his dissertation study on the digital democratisation of Finnish music industries for the Faculty of Communication Studies in University of Tampere.
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Amanda Kauranne
Writer
Kimmo Korhonen
Writer
Kimmo Korhonen is a freelance writer about music and other non-fiction topics and has published several books about Finnish music.
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Laura Korhonen
Writer
Laura Korhonen is a musicology student living in Helsinki. She specialises in jazz but is equally at home with almost all other genres of music. She has a previous career as a musician and an early childhood music educator. Photo: YLE/Sandra Saulo
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Harri Kuusisaari
Writer
I’m Harri Kuusisaari and I’m working an editor-in-chief of the Finnish music magazine Rondo Classic. I came to my present work after working in daily newspapers as a cultural journalist. I graduated from Tampere University (journalism) and in Jyväskylä University (musicology) and besides that fulfilled my musical ambitions by playing clarinet. I’m interested in culture in the large scale - of course classical and contemporary music but also dance, theatre and visual arts. Maybe that’s why I find myself often in dealing with opera and music theatre. I have been assisting for instance Theatre & Dance -magazine and daily Etelä-Suomen Sanomat as a critic and lecturing about music journalism. My publications include books about Soile Isokoski and Marita Viitasalo and Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra.
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Hanna-Mari Latham
Translator, Finnish-English
Lasse Lehtonen
Writer
Lasse Lehtonen, PhD, is a Japano-musicologist with particular interest in the research of Japanese music. His academic expertise (teaching and writings) covers also Japanese society, history, sociology, cultural history and culture in a wider context.
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Mats Liljeroos
Writer
Minna Luoma
Graphic Designer
Minna Luoma is an award-winning graphic designer. None of Minna’s works would be born without the uplifting power of music.
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Biëlla Luttmer
Writer
Biëlla Luttmer started off as a pianist. After her study at the Conservatory of Groningen, in the north of Holland, she has played in theatre productions, in chamber music emsembles and with singers. During her musicology studies at the University of Amsterdam she developed her interest in literature and contemporary music. She started writing reviews and other articles on classical and contemporary music and interviewing outstanding musicians as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Lang Lang, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Audi, Barbara Hannigan and Sebastian Fagerlund. For the Dutch radio she comments on new cd productions. As a jury president she took part in the International Harp Competition in Utrecht and the Grachtenfestivalprijs in Amsterdam.
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Jaani Länsiö
Writer
Andrew Mellor
Writer
Andrew Mellor is a journalist and critic based in Copenhagen. He writes and talks about Nordic and Baltic music for organisations in America, the UK and most places north-east of it.
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Sini Mononen
Writer
Sini Mononen is a musicologist and an art critic who works and lives in Helsinki. As a scholar, she is interested in film music and the sonic representations of violence and the violent experience. Currently, she is preparing her PhD in musicology in the University of Turku. Besides being a scholar, she works as an art critic. Since 2005, she has written criticism on contemporary art. The intersections and margins of art are of her interest.
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Jaakko Mäntyjärvi
Translator, Finnish-English
Jaakko Mäntyjärvi is an authorised Finnish/English translator and one of Finland’s internationally best known composers of choral music. He translates regularly for FMQ and other music-related publications and also in a variety of other fields. As a composer, he has been commissioned to write choral works for events such as the World Symposium on Choral Music and for distinguished ensembles such as the King’s Singers and Chanticleer. He has also taught a course in the history of choral music at the Sibelius Academy of the University of Arts Helsinki.
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Maritza Núñez
Writer
Author Maritza Núñez (b. 1958 in Lima, Peru; now a Finnish citizen) completed a choir conducting diploma and a Master of Arts degree at the Gnesin Music academy in Moscow in 1986. She has been a full-time author since 1994, and to date has published six poetry collections, ten plays, three song collections, two books of stories and two books containing a total of 32 opera librettos. Núñez’s libretti have been set to music by Keiko Fujiie, Kalevi Aho, Timo-Juhani Kyllönen, Markus Fagerudd, Lauri Toivio, Max Savikangas, Tuomas Turriago, Jens Lindqvist, Eduardo Cáceres, Nilo Velarde, Alvaro Zúñiga, Benjamín Bonilla, Sadiel Cuentas, Rafael Junchaya, Clara Petrozzi, Gonzalo Garrido-Lecca and Alfonso Padilla. Also, Matthew Whittall and Israel López among others have written vocal works to her texts. Maritza Núñez’s works have been performed in Finland, the USA, Sweden, France, Spain, Russia, Japan, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Venezuela and Costa Rica.
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Heidi Partti
Writer
Anna Pulkkis
Writer
Anna Pulkkis is a music scholar and a freelance music writer. She studied music theory at the Sibelius Academy, graduating as Master of Music in 2005 and as Doctor of Music in 2014. Since 2006, Pulkkis has worked as an editor in the Jean Sibelius Works critical-edition project at the National Library of Finland. Pulkkis plays the piano and the recorder and sings in the Helsinki Music Centre Choir.
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Anna-Elena Pääkkölä
Writer
Dr Anna-Elena Pääkkölä is a music researcher, a lecturer at the University of Turku, and a performing musician. Her interests lie in questions of music and feminist and queer themes, cultural and political activism, embodiment and technology. She mostly studies opera and musicals, popular music and music videos, and film music. Her PhD (2016) discusses sadomasochistic erotica in different examples of audiovisual music performances. As a musician, Pääkkölä performs in several different bands and has a songwriting project. Apart from singing, she plays the keyboards, guitar and Finnish kantele.
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Saijaleena Rantanen
Writer
Saijaleena Rantanen (Doctor of Music, Master of Arts) works as a music history researcher at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki. She is interested in the relationship between music and society, and especially the social and ideological history of music. This article is connected to her research project titled Musical transnationalism and translocal networks – Music culture of Finnish immigrants in the USA and Canada from the 1890s to the 1930s.
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Matilda Seppälä
Writer
Matilda Seppälä (b. 1993) is a finnish composer currently studying at the Sibelius Academy for M.Mus. degree.
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Petri Silas
Writer
Petri Silas is a freelance music journalist and critic whose reviews and interviews appear regularly in specialist monthlies such as Riffi, Soundi and Rondo and weekly magazines like Suomen Kuvalehti, Apu and others. He has over 25 years of experience in the field and specializes in jazz, rock and the avantgarde. He is in frequent demand both as commissioned article writer for music encyclopedias and translator of arts literature. Twitter: @petrisilas
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Susan Sinisalo
Translator, Finnish-English
Wif Stenger
Writer
Wif Stenger is a journalist at the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle), and also contributes to Jazz Journal, Monocle, The Guardian and Deutsche Welle.​
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Auli Särkiö-Pitkänen
Writer
Fiona Talkington
Writer
Fiona Talkington is a broadcaster, writer, presenter, and curator. She is best known today as a founding presenter (1999) of the Sony Gold Award-winning programme Late Junction, and is internationally recognized for her wide-ranging knowledge of music including classical, world, traditional, jazz, experimental, electronica and choral music.
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David Threasher
Proofreader
David Threasher was born in Somerset, England, and took degrees in Music at the Universities of London and Wales. Initially a producer for Nimbus Records, he has subsequently served on the editorial staffs of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (second edition, 2001), the BBC Proms, Gramophone magazine and White Label Productions. He has written articles and reviews for publications including Classic FM, International Piano, Muso and The Strad magazines, programme notes for concert-giving organizations and record companies internationally, and is co-editor of The East London Chorus Carol Book and (with James Jolly) The Gramophone Classical Music Guide. As a performer he has appeared at venues including the Colston Hall in Bristol, the Concert Hall of the Nimbus Foundation in Monmouth and, in London, the Theatres Royal at Drury Lane and Stratford East, and the Ritz Hotel. Now a freelance writer, editor, composer, arranger, pianist and Gramophone critic specializing in music of the 18th and 19th centuries, he is also undertaking doctoral work on approaches to new completions of Mozart’s Requiem at the Royal College of Music, London, and has written extensively on musical subjects ranging from Victoria and Monteverdi to Abba and Jessie J.
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Tanja Tiekso
Writer
Tanja Tiekso, PhD, is a researcher at the University of the Arts Helsinki. Currently, she is conducting her research at the Columbia University in the city of New York. Her series of articles on FMQ is based on her previous research ”New music in Finland during the Cold War”, supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation. The following parts of the series will discuss the 1950s, the 1960s and finally the state of Finnish music from the late 1970s to the present.
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Juha Torvinen
Writer
Juha Torvinen, PhD, is a music researcher. He is Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, and also holds the title of Docent (habilitation) at the Universities of Helsinki and Turku. Torvinen's areas of expertise include contemporary Finnish music, music and nature, philosophy and aesthetics of music, and methods of music research. He has published articles and reviews in the FMQ since 2003, and was Editor-in-Chief of the magazine in 2008–2011.
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Jimmy Träskelin
Writer
Susanna Välimäki
Writer
Susanna Välimäki, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Musicology, University of Turku, Finland, and a docent (habilitation) of musicology at the University of Helsinki. Välimäki is the author of the books Subject Strategies in Music: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Musical Signification (2005), Miten sota soi? Sotaelokuva, ääni ja musiikki (How Does a War Sound? War films, Sound and Music, 2008), Muutoksen musiikki: Pervoja ja ekologisia utopioita audiovisuaalisessa kulttuurissa (The Music of Transformation: Queer and Ecological Utopias in Audiovisual Culture, 2015), and Syötävät sävelet: Vieraana säveltäjien pöydissä (Edible tones: At the composers’ table – a gastronomic exploration into the history of classical music, 2017).
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