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Paavo Johannes Heininen (Composer)

Born: 13th January 1938, Finland

Nationality: Finnish

Paavo Johannes Heininen is a Finnish composer and pianist. He was born in Helsinki, where he studied at the Sibelius Academy and was taught composition by Aarre Merikanto, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Einar Englund, and Joonas Kokkonen. He continued his studies in Cologne with Bernd Alois Zimmermann; at the Juilliard School of Music in New York with Vincent Persichetti and Eduard Steuermann; and privately in Poland with Witold Lutosławski. He has also studied musicology at the University of Helsinki.

Heininen is one of the most important Finnish modernist composers.