Outi Tarkiainen (FI)


Outi Tarkiainen (b. 1985) is a composer who works with both classical and jazz music. Tarkiainen has composed vocal and chamber music, works for soloist with orchestra, as well as music for jazz orchestras and ensembles.
Tarkiainen’s music has been heard in many festivals of note such as Tampere Biennale, Musica Nova Helsinki and Pori Jazz Festival. In 2015 she was invited as a composer-in-residence to a Festival de Musique Classique d’Uzerche in France. Her works have been performed in several European countries as well as in the United States, by Metropole Orchestra, Miami Concert Jazz Band, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Uusinta Ensemble and Zagros Ensemble, among others.

As a conductor-composer Tarkiainen has worked with the Slovenian Radio Big Band in Ljubljana in 2008 and with the Norrbotten Big Band in 2011 and 2015. In the summer of 2013 Tarkiainen’s debut album, featuring primarily jazz works in which vocalist Aili Ikonen performs with the Norrbotten Big Band, was released. Her music has been also been recorded by Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Umo Jazz Orchestra and Metropole String Orchestra.

Tarkiainen earned her master’s degree in composition from Sibelius Academy in 2010 under Eero Hämeenniemi, Veli-Matti Puumala and Kari Heinilä. During the year 2015 Tarkiainen works on a large orchestral song cycle commissioned by three northernmost professional orchestras in Europe. In addition to her work as a composer Tarkiainen is an artistic director of the Silence Festival in Lapland.

Concert 7, Saturday 4.9. 17.00, Helsinki Conservatory of Music