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Maija Kaunismaa 2020. Photo by Laura Malmivaara

MAIJA KAUNISMAA 
Master of Arts
Composer, Singer, Vocal Coach, TRE Provider
Born in 1974 in Jyväskylä, Finland
www.maijakaunismaa.com
maijakaunismaa@me.com
+358505754833

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COMPOSITIONS
(selected stage and film productions, concerts and albums)

2016–19 The Pine House Songs, solo album, lyrics, compositions, arrangements and production

2017 What you will – concert (commissioned) compositions for Shakespeare’s sonnets, Finnish translations made by Paleface and Aale Tynni, Baroque Ensemble Cornucopia (premiered 2018)

2016 Laura & Maija: Songs, concert (written, composed and performed together with actress Laura Malmivaara)

2014–16 The Origins : Fragments of the Hunt -silent film (written and directed by Mikko Ijäs) 

2014–15 En morgon vid havet, concert (poems by Claes Andersson, directed by Raila Leppäkoski) 75th anniversary concert for Lilla Teatern, October 1. 2015, Lilla Teatern (Helsinki City Theater)

2014 Rakasta.Nyt. – kertojana kaupunki nimeltä Helsinki, stage production (written by Anna Krogerus, directed by Heini Tola), premiere at Teatteri Avoimet Ovet, Helsinki

2009–2014 Sallittu! concert (poems by Anna Krogerus) premiere at KOM-Theater, Helsinki 

2013–2014  Kun kyyhkyset katosivat, stage production (written by Sofi Oksanen, directed by Raila Leppäkoski) Finnish National Theater, Helsinki

2012 Den förälskade terapeuten, (written by Claes Andersson, directed by Raila Leppäkoski) premiere at Lilla Teatern / Helsinki City Theater

2010–2011 Kertomuksia keittiöstä, stage production (written by Sofi Oksanen and Maija Kaunismaa, directed by Titta Halinen) premiere at Finnish National Theater, Helsinki 

2010 Kasimir ja Karoline, stage production (written by Ödon von Horváth, directed by Irene Aho) Turku City Theater

2010 Eila, Rampe ja palvattu onni, stage production (written by Sinikka Nopola, directed by Heidi Räsänen) premiere at Helsinki City Theater

2010 Putka, concert (song lyrics by Laura Malmivaara) premiere at KOM-Theater, Helsinki 

2009–2010 Haaskaa, concert, together with Kaj Chydenius, premiere at Kajaani Poetry Week 2010

2009 Kanteletar, concert, together with Eeppi Ursin, premiere at Kajaani Poetry Week 2009

2009 Siniväriset, stage production (written by Okko Leo, Kati Kaartinen and Outi Nyytäjä, directed by Heidi Räsänen) premiere at Q-Theater / Suomenlinna Summer Theatre, Helsinki

2008 High Heel Society, stage production (written and directed by Sofi Oksanen, Anna Veijalainen and Maija Kaunismaa) premiere at KokoTeatteri, Helsinki

2008 Leipäjonoballadi, stage production (written by Emilia Pöyhönen, directed by Heidi Räsänen) premiere at Teatteri Takomo, Helsinki

2008–2009 Taloyhtiömusikaali (written and directed by Minna Koskela) premiere at Teatteri Avoimet Ovet, Helsinki 

2007 Fc-munasarja – elämä pilkulla, stage production (written by Heli Mustonen, directed by Kati Sirén) premiere at Valkeakoski City Theater

2007 Riihiukko, stage production (written by Andrus Kivirähk, directed by Anna Veijalainen) premiere at KokoTeatteri, Helsinki 

2005–2007 Hetki tuulen sisällä, concert (song lyrics by Anna Krogerus, visualization Sini Liimatainen and Sakari Luhtala) premiere at Sellosali 

2007 Narsisti, stage production (written by Taina West, directed by Henri Hanikka) premiere at KokoTeatteri, Helsinki 

2006 Romeo ja Julia, stage production (written by Andrus Kivirähk, directed by Anna Veijalainen) premiere at KokoTeatteri, Helsinki 

2005 Kuka nyt rakkautta haluaa, concert (poems by Tuomas Timonen) premiere at Helsinki Student Theatre

2005 Tyttöjen ilta, stage production (written and directed by Tuomas Timonen, Aune Kallinen) premiere at Ateneum Hall, Helsinki

2003 Rouva Hansaplastin kadonnut testamentti, stage production (written by Panu Pitkänen, directed by Erkki Teittinen) premiere at Conservatory of Middle Finland, Siltasali, Jyväskylän musiikkiluokat Ry

2001 Hetkisen helmi, contemporary dance production (choreography by Heidi Naakka) premiere at Turku Arts Academy

2000 Avarasylinen nainen, stage production (production based on short stories by Anna-Leena Härkönen dramatized and directed by Anne Saastamoinen) premiere at Jyväskylä City Theater

1999 Valtion miehet – Album (poems by Elina Karjalainen), Love Records, Helsinki

THEATER PRODUCTIONS 

2014 Rakasta. Nyt. (written by Anna Krogerus) MD, vocal coaching and music production 

2013–2014 Kun kyyhkyset katosivat (written by Sofi Oksanen) conductor, MD and a musician

2012 Den förälskade terapeuten (written by Claes Andersson) conductor, MD and a musician

2011 Kertomuksia keittiöstä (written by Sofi Oksanen and Maija Kaunismaa) solo performance, musician and actress

2009–2010 Taloyhtiömusikaali (written by MInna Koskela) MD, musician and performer, role: Essi Paavola 

2008–2010  Hildegard Knef – Onni tuntee vain minuutteja (written by Taina West, directed by Raila Leppäkoski) musician, KokoTeatteri, Helsinki, Tampere Theatre Festival 2009, Helsinki City Theater 2010

2008 Cádizin neiti (written by Maritza Nunes, directed by Laura Jäntti) musician and performer, role: Ludmila Rasputina, Festival Internacional de Teatro Iberoamericano, Cádiz (Spain)

2008–2009 High Heels Society (written and directed by Sofi Oksanen, Anna Veijalainen and Maija Kaunismaa) MD, musician and performer, role: Maiski, KokoTeatteri, Helsinki, Tampere Theatre Festival

2007 Riihiukko (written by Andrus Kivirähk) MD, musician, roles: Noita, Rutto and daughter of Pehtoori

2007 Narsisti (written by Taina West) MD, performer and musician, role: Margot, KokoTeatteri, Helsinki 

2006 Bette “Sis” O`Valley (written by Satu Paavola, directed by Titta Halinen) arranger and musician, Puppet theater festival of the Barents Region (Rovaniemi), Nuku (Oulu), KokoTeatteri (Helsinki)

2006 Kadonnutta pesäpalloa etsimässä (written by Mattiesko Hytönen and Matti Linnavuori, directed by Janne Tapper) conductor, MD, musician, KokoTeatteri, Helsinki

2004 Elämälläni liemeen (written and directed by Tuomas Timonen) MD, musician, Lomakouhero Summer Theater, Karstula

2000 Avarasylinen nainen (production based on short stories by Anna-Leena Härkönen dramatized and directed by Anne Saastamoinen) MD, musician, Jyväskylä City Theater, Rauma-sali, Tampere Theatre Festival 2001

CONCERTS

2016 Laura & Maija: Lauluja, Galleria Vanha Savu (Merikarvia)

2014 Sallittu!- concert (poems by Anna Krogerus) KOM-Theater (Helsinki), Teatteri Avoimet Ovet (Helsinki), Jyväskylä City Theater, Tampere Theatre Festival

2012 Sofi Oksasen ajan musiikkia, Jyväskylä City Theater, Kuopio Music Centre, Jyväskylä Sinfonia and Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Atso Almila

2011 ”Liian lyhyt hame” and ”Kertomuksia keittiöstä” Double-album concert tour, Raumasali, Teatteri Provinssi (Salo), Sibelius Hall (Lahti), Jyväskylä City Theater, Kuusankoski House (Kouvola), TTT-Theatre (Tampere) Verkatehdas (Hämeenlinna), Vaasa City Theater, Oulu City Theater, Kaukametsä Hall (Kajaani)

2010 Haaskaa, Kajaani Poetry Week, KOM-Theater (Helsinki)

2010 Putka, KOM-Theater (Helsinki), Finnish National Theatre Club Scene (Helsinki)

2009 Kanteletar, Kajaani Poetry Week, Helsinki Festival / Runokuu, KOM-Theater (Helsinki)

2007 Hetki tuulen sisällä, Sellosali (Espoo), Kajaani Poetry Week, KokoTeatteri (Helsinki), Avoimet Ovet (Helsinki), KOM-Theater (Helsinki), Theater der Stadt Koblenz (Saksa)

2006–2008 Ilman Tyttöjä, KOM-Theater (Helsinki), KokoTeatteri (Helsinki), Islannin kansallisteatteri (Reykjavik) Tampere Theatre Festival, Vakiopaine (Jyväskylä) Oulu City Theater, Kajaani Poetry Week

2005 Kuka nyt rakkautta haluaa, concert (poems by Tuomas Timonen) Helsinki Student Theatre, KokoTeatteri (Helsinki)

PRODUCTIONS

2016–2019 The Pine House Songs, producers  Maija Kaunismaa & Mikko Ijäs & Aki Sihvonen 

2014–2016 The Origins- documentary film, produced together with Mikko Ijäs

2014 Sallittu!- concert, producer

2009–2010 Haaskaa! concert, producer

2008– Kanteletar-concert, producer

2008–2010 Hildegard Knef – Onni tuntee vain minuutteja, music theater, co-producer 

2007 Narsisti stage production, co-producer  

2007– Hetki tuulen sisällä, concert, co-producer

2006–2010 Memory Traces -cultural export production, producer of performing arts

2005 Kuka nyt rakkautta haluaa, concert, co-producer together with Mari Jalkanen              

RECORDS

2020 The Pine House Songs 

2020  The Origins : Fragments of the Hunt (Original MOtion Picture Soundtrack)

2011 Maija Kaunismaa: ”Liian lyhyt hame” and ”Kertomuksia keittiöstä” – double album (MuFarang International)

2000 Uppo-Nalle Orkesteri: ”Valtion miehet” album (Megamania)

BOOKS 

2000 ”Valtion miehet” -song book based on album ”Uppo Nalle Orkesteri: Valtion miehet”. Published by Johannakustannus Oy

MEMBERSHIPS

2018–          Kanteleliitto Ry 

2017–          Finnish Society for Musician’s Medicine (SMULY)

2017–          Zen Center of Los Angeles 

2017–          Zen Peacemakers International

2016–          Teosto Ry 

2015– 2017 Helsinki Zen Center

2010–          The Finnish Musicians’ Union

2006– 2012  KokoTeatteri, Helsinki Ry

2004– 2009  Improvisation Theater group Häpeämättömät

2001–          The Finnish Society of Composers and Lyricists

EDUCATION

2019 9th Estill World Voice Symposium, Kig´s College, London 

2019 Diction for Performers, Mary McDonald Klimek, Kim Steinhauer, Anne-Marie Speed, Royal Academy of Music, London

2018  Estill Master Teacher-trainee (EMT-trainee) with Mary McDonald Klimek, USA

2018  TRE-provider, trained by Jyrki Rytilä, Helsinki

2018  Estill Figure Professional (EFP) tested by Anne-Marie Speed, London

2018  Estill Voice Training, Advanced Figures & Voice Qualities Course, Anne-Marie Speed, Helsinki

2018  Jukai, preceptor Roshi Egyoku, Zen Center of Los Angeles, USA

2017- Zen studies, Roshi Egyoku, White Plum Asanga, Zen Peacemakers International, Zen Center of Los Angeles, USA

2017 Masterclass with Estill techniques, Eleanor Forbes, Helsinki

2016 Estill Voice Training, Advanced Figures & Voice Qualities Course, Anne-Marie Speed and Paul Farrington, London

2016 Estill Voice Training, Esitill in Lyrical/Legit Singing, Anne-Marie Speed, Helsinki

2016 Estill Voice Training, Level One – 13 Compulsory Figures and Level Two – 6 Voice Qualities, Anne-Marie Speed, Helsinki

2016 The Estill Papers – The research that underpins the Estill Voice Model, Mary McDonald Klimek, London

2016 Sound Science for Performers – Acoustic Principles of Singing, Voice & Speech, Principles underlying The Estill Voice Model, Mary McDonald Klimek, London

2015 Estill Voice Training, Complete 5 day Course in The Estill Voice Model, Level One – 12 Compulsory Figures and Level Two – 6 Voice Qualities, Anne-Marie Speed, Edinburgh

2015 Estill Voice Training, Level One – 12 Compulsory Figures and Level Two – 6 Voice Qualities, Anne-Marie Speed, Helsinki

2015 Estill Voice Training, Breathing, Support and Estill, Anne-Marie Speed, Helsinki

2015 Estill Voice Training, Tonque Taming, Anne-Marie Speed, Helsinki

2015 Estill Voice Training, Shifting Style: Moving from Disney to Brecht to Folk, Anne-Marie Speed, Helsinki

2015 – 2019 Regular Estill Practice Group with Ian Nicholas and Tim Richards, Helsinki City Theatre 

2014 – Regular Estill private lessons in Helsinki, Berlin and London with Estill Master Teachers Ian Nicholas, Tim Richards, Eleanor Forbes and Anne-Marie Speed

2005 Master of Arts (Education), majored both in music education and pedagogy, University of Jyväskylä

1991 Conservatory of Middle Finland, highest vocational degree in music, majoring in piano (teacher Raili Nykänen), Jyväskylä

PRIVATE GRANTS 

2019 The Finnish Music Foundation (MES), working grant

2019 Kobori Roshi Transportation Fund (Los Angeles), grant for travel and residency expenses

2018 Kobori Roshi Transportation Fund (Los Angeles), grant for travel and residency expenses

2018 Kobori Roshi Transportation Fund (Los Angeles), grant for travel and residency expenses

2018 The Finnish Music Foundation (MES), working grant

2017 Kobori Roshi Transportation Fund (Los Angeles), grant for travel and residency expenses

2016 People’s Educational fund, working grant

2015 The Arts Promotion Centre Finland, library grant for composing

2013 Georg Malmstén Foundation, working grant for composing

2013 People’s Educational fund, working grant 

2010 The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, half year working grant for 2011

2010 Esek (The Finnish Music Foundation), working grant

2008 The Arts Promotion Centre Finland, performing arts, one year working grant for 2009

2008 Esek (The Finnish Music Foundation), working grant

2007 The Alfred Kordelin Foundation, for Memory Traces Festival in Helsinki

2007 The Arts Council of Uusimaa, working grant

2005 Malmstén Foundation, working grant for composing

RESIDENCIES 
2019 -2020 Zen Center of Los Angeles ZCLA, Buddha Essence Temple, Los Angeles, USA 
2018 Zen Center of Los Angeles ZCLA, Buddha Essence Temple, Los Angeles, USA 
2018 Zen Center of Los Angeles ZCLA, Buddha Essence Temple, Los Angeles, USA 
2017 Sfakiotes Residency, Lefkas (Greece)
2017 Zen Center of Los Angeles ZCLA, Buddha Essence Temple, Los Angeles, USA 
2016 Artist-In-Residence, Zen Center of New York City, Fire Lotus Temple, New York (USA)
2016 Sfakiotes Residency, Lefkas (Greece)
2015 Sfakiotes Residency, Lefkas (Greece)

Contact

maijakaunismaa@me.com
+358-50-5754833

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