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Composer Sanna Ahvenjärvi graduated in 2005 from Mozarteum University with Mag. Art. “Magistra der Künste” in composition, where her composition professor was Adriana Hölszky. In 2002 she graduated with the music theory diploma at the Oulu Conservatory, where her composition teacher was Vesa Valkama.


Her compositions have been performed by the Oulu Symphony, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, TampereRaw, Duo Gelland, Stadler Quartett of OENM and Bodø Sinfonietta among others.

Works of Ahvenjärvi have been performed in many festivals in Austria, Sweden, Finland, Faroe Islands, U.S.A., Germany and Switzerland, for example Stockholm New Music and Båstad Kammarmusik (Sweden), Tage für Neue Musik in Zürich (Switzerland) , Uuden Musiikin Lokakuu and Musica Nova (Finland), stART (Austria) and GegenWelten (Germany). Her portrait concerts were held in Salzburg 2004 and in Heidelberg 2005.


She has got Grants from the North Ostrobothnia Regional Fund of the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Music Finland, the Art Committee of Province of Oulu, the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, the Sibelius –Foundation of the Society of Finnish Composers and the Culture Ministrys of Luxembourg and Austria. Sanna Ahvenjärvi was a Composer-in-Residence in “Kommandantenhaus der Bergfeste Dilsberg” in Germany in 2005.


Fingers to the Bone by Sanna Ahvenjärvi was released on a CD, Duo Gelland: Violin Duos vol.4, by Nosag -recording company 2011.

An article about composition education for children and youth written by Ahvenjärvi was released in a pedagogical book “Säveltäjäksi kasvattaminen” 2013 by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.


Since 2008 she has been teaching music theory, solfeggio and composition at the Jokilaaksot Music Institute. Other teaching experience she has from teaching at the Oulu University, at the Oulu Polytechnik and in Oulu Conservatory. 2004-2005 she was a composer in residence at the Lapland Music School in Rovaniemi, Finland in national “Composer in Music School” –project. During the years 2012-2014 she has been teaching composition workshops in Merikanto Music School and 2014-2015 in Ylivieska Music school. Ahvenjärvi has worked as an instructor in seminars in Sibelius-Academy, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, the Association of Finnish Music Schools and the Mutes ry, where the topics were composition education for children and youth.