Antti Auvinen (b. 1974) is an exciting name on the Finnish classical music scene. Rhythm, timbre, the potential of multimedia as well as unconventional combinations of instruments and ways of playing them are his particular interests. His bold style has won attention and acclaim both at home in Finland and abroad.
The works of Auvinen are keenly in keeping with the times. The contemporary composer can, according to him, express views on the world around him in his music. The work that marked Auvinen’s breakthrough was Junker Twist for orchestra premiered by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2015. The theme was concern about extreme, right-wing, populist phenomena. Orchestral works by him include Himmel Punk (2016), commissioned by the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Digital Madrigal (2018) for video and orchestra commissioned by the Tapiola Sinfonietta, in which he combines orchestral timbres with manipulated films and video installations. His multimedia chamber opera Autuus (Bliss) won the Finnish Teosto Prize in 2016.
Ondine Records released a profile disc of works by Antti Auvinen in November 2020 including three orchestral works (Junker Twist, Himmel Punk and Turbo Aria) performed by Hannu Lintu and the Finnish RSO.