Kaija Saariaho

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Kaija Anneli Saariaho (Finnish: [ˈkɑi̯jɑ ˈsɑːriɑho]; née Laakkonen; born 14 October 1952) is a Finnish composer based in Paris, France. During the course of her career, Saariaho has received commissions from the Lincoln Center for the Kronos Quartet and from IRCAM for the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the BBC, the New York Philharmonic, the Salzburg Music Festival, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and the Finnish National Opera, among others. In a 2019 composers' poll by BBC Music Magazine, Saariaho was ranked the greatest living composer.Saariaho studied composition in Helsinki, Freiburg, and Paris, where she has lived since 1982. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kaija Saariaho has received more than 227,654 page views. Her biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Kaija Saariaho is the 799th most popular composer (down from 767th in 2019), the 118th most popular biography from Finland (up from 126th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Finnish Composer.

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Among composers, Kaija Saariaho ranks 799 out of 1,228Before her are Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel, Cornelius Gurlitt, István Kertész, Daniel Alomía Robles, Heinrich Scheidemann, and Per Nørgård. After her are Allan Pettersson, Joseph Szigeti, Eduard Artemyev, Paul Ben-Haim, Koichi Sugiyama, and Vissarion Shebalin.

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Among people born in 1952, Kaija Saariaho ranks 166Before her are Ricardo Martinelli, Salam Fayyad, Herb Ritts, James Ingram, Petar Stoyanov, and Jeff Fahey. After her are Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Jacques Santini, Hulusi Akar, Randy Savage, Nile Rodgers, and Mehmet Ali Talat.

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In Finland

Among people born in Finland, Kaija Saariaho ranks 118 out of 509Before her are Gustaf John Ramstedt (1873), Lill Lindfors (1940), Bo Carpelan (1926), Anders Johan Lexell (1740), Matti Vanhanen (1955), and Aarre Merikanto (1893). After her are Gunnar Höckert (1910), Ilmari Salminen (1902), Mauno Pekkala (1890), Kalevi Sorsa (1930), Eero Mäntyranta (1937), and Mika Kaurismäki (1955).

Among COMPOSERS In Finland

Among composers born in Finland, Kaija Saariaho ranks 5Before her are Jean Sibelius (1865), Bernhard Crusell (1775), Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928), and Oskar Merikanto (1868). After her are Selim Palmgren (1878), Erkki Aaltonen (1910), Leevi Madetoja (1887), Martin Wegelius (1846), Toivo Kuula (1883), Kalevi Aho (1949), and Magnus Lindberg (1958).