Cecilia Damström
Cecilia Damström
Composer
The ability to think and feel on a conscious level is what makes us humans differ from other species on earth. This is also what Cecilia Damström (b.1988) tries to achieve with her compositions; to make people think and feel. Born into a multicultural family in Helsinki, languages and the possibility of combining languages, have always appealed to her while composing. With a background as a classical pianist and with theatre as an interest it is natural that harmony, direction, a sense of drama, and expressivity are always present in her music. Damström’s compositions have received several national and international composition prizes and have been performed all around Europe. Since 2014 she has constantly been working on commissions for various opera houses, orchestras, ensembles and festivals. She is signed with the publisher Gehrmans Musikförlag. Highlights in her career include the world premiere of her second children opera Djurens planet by the Finnish National Opera in 2019 and her debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2020. Damström studied composition with Hannu Pohjannoro at Tampere University of Applied Sciences and graduated in 2014. Currently she is finishing her master studies in composition at Malmö Academy of Music for Luca Francesconi . Damström is working full time with commissions for musicians, ensembles and orchestras. The Finnish Cultural Foundation, The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland and Alfred Kordelin Foundation have supported her artistic work.

REQUIEM FOR OUR EARTH The global crisis is a problem with many very many faces, which I have chosen to enlighten in my work “Requiem for Our Earth”. All nations […]

REQUIEM FOR OUR EARTH
The global crisis is a problem with many very many faces, which I have chosen to enlighten in my work “Requiem for Our Earth”. All nations are part of the global crisis, and I don’t want to point a finger at any others, but rather look at the problems in our own backyard, which are ours to solve. In Finland we have mining laws that allow violation of nature, and we emphasize the monetary interest of the wood industry over the question of diminishing our carbon footprint. Time after time we humans emphasize our entitlement to have the right to eat meat and to exploit ‘our’ natural resources. Some even argue that man was given the right to rule by the Bible. Therefore I have chosen quotations from some of Pope Francis’ speeches, where he emphasizes our Christian responsibility to take care of God’s creation. ‘God always forgives, we men forgive sometimes, but nature never forgives.’ What will be left if we don’t take care of our Earth? This question has unified millions of people behind Greta Thunberg who says in her speech from Davos 2019 ‘I don’t want your hope, I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic […] I want you to act as if the house was on fire, because it is’.