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Magnus Lindberg
composer, conductor

Magnus Lindberg


Magnus Lindberg was born in Helsinki, Finland. Following piano studies, he entered the Sibelius Academy, where his composition teachers included Einojuhani Rautavaara and Paavo Heininen. The latter encouraged his pupils to look beyond the prevailing Finnish conservative and nationalist aesthetics, and to explore the works of the European avant-garde. In 1980 Mr. Lindberg became part of the informal group known as the Ears Open Society, which also included his contemporaries Eero Hämeeniemi, Jouni Kaipainen, Kaija Saariaho, and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and which sought to encourage a greater awareness of mainstream modernism. In 1981 Mr. Lindberg traveled to Paris for studies with Vinko Globokar and Gérard Grisey and attended Franco Donatoni's classes in Siena, Italy. Also in the 1980s he was in contact with Brian Ferneyhough, Helmut Lachenmann, and Karl Höller.

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