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Aki Yli-Salomäki

Finnish composer Aki Yli-Salomäki was born in 1972 in Tampere. He studied composition with Harri Vuori at the University of Helsinki.

His music has been described as 'deep northern' slow-listening music manifested by grand sonority and soaring melodic arcs. It is immersed in moods, colours, wide open landscapes and strong contrasts between darkness and light, embracing post-minimalism, choral music and new mysticism.

He has written mainly orchestral works and concertos, but smaller character pieces are also an important part of his oeuvre. His music has been performed in Asia, Europe, Russia, and both North and South America.

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