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.