31, January 2017

Kaija Saariaho, Radio France “Présences”

After a very successful autumn in New York – Circle Map at Park Avenue Armory, L’Amour de Loin at The Metropolitan Opera, La Passion de Simone at Mannes, among others – Kaija Saariaho is the featured composer at the Radio France “Présences Festival” which runs from 10 to 19 February 2017.

Regular collaborators such as Pia Freund, Eija Kankaanranta, Camilla Hoitenga, Jennifer Koh, Olari Elts, Anssi Karttunen, Kari Kriikku, Olivier Latry, Ernest Martinez Izquierdo, Xavier de Maistre, Dima Slobodeniuk, Meta4, Secession Orchestra, among others, will be performing several Saariaho works across the festival, including the world premiere of Light still and moving and the French premieres of True Fire, Trans, Adriana Songs, Light and matter, Offrande, Figura. For further details about the Festival, please visit the festival website.

2017 also marks the beginning of Kaija Saariaho’s residence at Orchestre des Pays de la Loire. The inaugural concert, conducted by Pascal Rophé, took place last 11 January. Kari Kriikku will perform D’OM LE VRAI SENS next March and other exciting programmes will come in the 2017-2018 season.

In this season, Saariho’s recent opera, Only the Sound Remains, will receive it’s Finnish premiere at Finnish National Opera. As well, Kaija Saariaho will be the Bergen International Festival featured composer. The performances will include La Passion de Simone, Graal Théâtre and the Concordio world premiere.