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Veli-Matti Puumala (Composer)

Born: 18th July 1965, Kaustinen, Finland

Nationality: Finnish

Veli-Matti Puumala is a Finnish composer. He is currently (since 2005) the professor of composition at the Sibelius Academy.

Puumala studied composition in Helsinki under Paavo Heininen from 1984 to 1993 and in Siena under Franco Donatoni in 1989 and 1990. His musical style is rooted in European Modernism, but has been also described to contain stylised references to folk music and modal elements. In addition to instrumental and vocal music, Puumala has also composed a number of electronic works and one radiophonic work, Rajamailla (Borderlands), which won the Prix Italia in 2001.

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