Juhani Liimatainen was born in Keuruu, Finland, in 1952. Between 1977 and 2002 he worked at the Experimental Studio of YLE (Finnish Broadcasting) where, among other responsibilities, he maintained and developed the studio, taught composers and musicians, and oversaw the design and execution of live electronics for studio and concert productions.
He has done studio work with composers such as Paavo Heininen, Magnus Lindberg, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Kaija Saariaho, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Since 2002 Mr. Liimatainen has been professor of sound design at the Theatre Academy of Finland. He is a longtime member of the Toimii Ensemble, where he has been responsible for sound reproduction, live electronics, tapes, and videos, and with which he has appeared frequently as part of the solo group in Magnus Lindberg’s Kraft. He has also worked with the Avanti! orchestra and the Finnish Theater Orchestra, among other ensembles, and has performed with the groups Free Okapi, Son Panic and HumppAvanti!
Juhani Liimatainen’s sound design and compositional work includes numerous theatrical productions, operas, festivals, and recordings.