Matti Heininen studies composition at the Sibelius-Academy with professor Veli-Matti Puumala. In the autumn 2011 he completed his bachelor composition studies with Tapio Nevanlinna. The spring semester and summer 2011 he studied at the Basel Music-Academy with Georg Friedrich Haas. Before the Sibelius-Academy he studied composition with Tuomo Teirilä, Jyrki Linjama and Severi Pyysalo. He has also participated in several master classes, including composers Beat Furrer, Ming Tsao, Ivar Frounberg, Niels-Rosing Schow, James Clarke, and Hans-Peter Kyburz.
Heininen began his music studies at the age of 6 with piano and percussion instruments. His first notated compositions date back to that period. Heininen’s music has been performed in the UNM-2011 festival, the Sibelius-Academy, the Helsinki Music Centre, and in the Lithuanian Music Academy among others. His music has also been broadcasted by the Finnish National Radio. In the Spring 2012 Heininen represented the Sibelius-Academy at the “PROCESS 2012 Music Laboratory”, an academic composition master class held in Nordic-Baltic co-operation in Vilnius. At the moment he is participating in an orchestral composition project with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Für Elisa (2011)
The solo violin work “Für Elisa” is originally written for Elisa Järvelä, who first performed it. At the end of the work the music culminates in a cadence, where the performer has the possibility for improvisation.