Dr. Maria Kallionpää
Assistant Professor
Composition and Contemporary Music Performance
Office: AST816
Tel.: (852) 3411-7097

Dr. Maria Kallionpää (1981) is an internationally active composer and pianist, currently working as an assistant professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University, and as a composer in residence of the Mixed Reality Laboratory of the University of Nottingham. She has previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Aalborg (2016-2018, funded by Kone Foundation, Finland), her artistic research focusing on gamification as a composition technique. Furthermore, as a winner of the Fabbrica Young Artist Development Program of Opera di Roma (2016), Kallionpää was commissioned an opera that was premiered at Teatro Nazionale Rome in 2017. In collaboration with her colleague Markku Klami, Kallionpää has also composed the first full length puppet opera produced in the Nordic Countries (premiered in 2018). Kallionpaa was a laureate of Academie de France a Rome in 2016.

Kallionpää got her PhD in composition at the university of Oxford in 2015. She has graduated from the Royal Academy of Music (2009) and Universitat fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien (2010) and has also studied at Sibelius Academy and Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg. Kallionpää is works have been performed on various music festivals including, for example, ¡§Performers Present¡¨ (Singapore), Florida International Toy Piano Festival, Rainy Days Festival (Philharmonie Luxembourg), Musica Nova, Spitalfields Festival, and Neue Musik von Thuringen. In 2011 she was a commissioned composer of the Turku European Culture Capital and a finalist of the Tenso European Chamber Choir Composition Competition. Her music was also workshopped by the BBC Singers in the same year. Kallionpää won the first prize of the OUPHIL composition competition in 2013.
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