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Joonas Kokkonen, Finnish Composer ( art: perf.)composer. Recipient Wihuri Internat prize; Music prize Nordic Council; Wihuri Sibelius prize, 1973. Member Society Finnish Composers (president 1965-1971), Nordic Composers Council (president 1968-1971), Royal SwedishAcad. Music, Siberlius Academy Board Commissioners (chairman 1966^).

Background

Kokkonen, Joonas was born on November 13, 1921 in Lisalmi, Finland. Son of Heikki and Maria Kohkonc.

Education

Master of Arts, Helsinki U., 1948. Debut as pianist, 1950. Professor composition Sibelius Academy, 1959-1963.

Member Finnish Academy, since 1963. Appearances as pianist in concerts of own music, as soloist in orchestral concerts and as chamber musician. Music critic, Helsinki, 1947-1963.

Compositions include: The Las Temptations opera, 4 symphonies. Chamber and choral works, solo songs, solo instrumental pieces. President, Composers Copyright Bureau, Teosto, Helsinki, since 1968.

Career

Pianist, 1950; professor composition Sibelius Academy, 1959—1963. Member Finnish Academy, since 1963. Music critic Helsinki, 1947—1963.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Composer: The Las Temptations, Copyright Bureau, since 1968.

Membership

Member of Siberlius Academy Board Commissioners (chairman since 1966), Royal Swedish Academy Music, Nordic Composers Council (president 1968-1971), Society Finnish Composers 1965-1971.

Connections

Married Maija Heljo (divorced).; married Anita Mannelin, August 1980. Children: Jarmo, Leena, Iikka, Merja-Riitta, Arja-Maija.

father:
Heikki Kohkonc

mother:
Maria Kohkonc

spouse:
Maija Heljo

spouse:
Anita Mannelin

child:
Jarmo Kokkonen

child:
Leena Kokkonen

child:
Iikka Kokkonen

child:
Merja-Riitta Kokkonen

child:
Arja-Maija Kokkonen