…as a storyteller that uses sounds and movement:
I started working with music theatre rather early. I have used my brother as a props in my pieces when I wasn’t much older than three. Already then it was quite natural for me to express myself in the many fields of music theatre and this feature has been important part of my professional personality also. I communicate with different kinds of people and create with my music and performative ideas new collaborations. In these little moments the performers and viewers find new levels and intensities of communications. My experiments of colliding different worlds don’t end where the contemporary music ends (if there even is such a place). I have a degree in Mathematics and also studies in musicology, aesthetics and literature as well as in composition, so the roots of my ideas tend to get really deep. I don’t mind at all using the material of other composers, especially enjoying Baroque music and the music of second Viennese school, but sometimes the composer isn’t needed at all. The composer is just a person who decides some of the rules, but the actual plays is played by the other people.
…as composer of experimental music theatre:
Miika Hyytiäinen’s music has been performed in most of the festivals and other important positions in Finland and Germany. It has also been heard in all Nordic countries, England, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands and the United States.
The versatile use of human voice and intimacy of the sound is typical for his music that combines different kinds of art forms, such as instrumental theatre, performance, theatre and academic lecture. Hyytiäinen graduated from Universität der Künste Berlin, where he studied composition and experimental music theatre with Daniel Ott. Since 2014 Hyytiäinen has worked at the Sibelius-Academy, DocMus, on his artistic doctoral project about the communication between the singers and the composer.
His opera “Nomictic Solutions” was premiered in 2018 by the Munich Biennale. The same year the piece “Hearing Voices” was premiered by Julia Mihály as part of her official concert at the Darmstadter Summer Academy. In 2018 the chamber opera “Voice Box” was praised for its wittiness and virtuosity. These works combined Hyytiäinen’s academic and artistic work.
In 2014 he won with his piece ”You Are Here” the ”Opera and the Media of the Future” competition organized by Glyndebourne Opera House and the University of Sussex. The same year his (3D) opera “Aikainen” was performed in Berlin and at the Grimeborn Festival in London. Other chamber music theatre pieces include “Figure de la Terre” (2013 at Sophiensæle, Berlin), “Omnivore” (2012 for mobile phones) and ”Pierrot Lunaire und drei Schattenträume” (2011 in Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki).