Piia Komsi

The New York Philharmonic

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Biography
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Coloratura soprano Piia Komsi’s international opera, concert, chamber, and Lied performances include a range of Baroque, classical, and contemporary repertoire. She also has a strong background in early church music, which began when she sang in the children’s choir of the Kokkola Church with her twin sister, Anu. She began her professional career as a continuo cellist and then began performing as a soprano soloist.

Ms. Komsi’s breakthrough role as the Maid in Thomas Adès’s opera Powder Her Face has led to numerous engagements in major opera houses across the globe. As a soprano soloist she has worked with many of today’s leading conductors, including Peter Eötvös, Kent Nagano, Sakari Oramo, Francois-Xavier Roth, Peter Rundel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and performed with ensembles including the Los Angeles, Royal Stockholm, and Oslo philharmonic orchestras; BBC, Bavarian Radio, and Gothenburg symphony orchestras; the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble intercontemporain, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Ensemble Modern, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Remix Ensemble, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Cologne’s Ensemble Musikfabrik, and ELISION; and an array of Finnish orchestras performing early and new music.

Recent projects include the lead role of Martha in Fabián Panisello’s Le Malentendu, as well as Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing, composed for Ms. Komsi and her sister, Anu Komsi. Piia Komsi was a cellist with the Finnish National Orchestra until 2001, and her latest interest is singing while accompanying herself on the cello; several composers have already written new works for this combination. Piia Komsi’s recordings include the album Solaris, Wing on Wing, Unsuk Chin’s Akrostichon Wortspiel and Alice in Wonderland (DVD), Kaija Saariaho’s From the Grammar of Dreams, Wennäkoski’s Procris, Tuomela’s opera Mothers and Daughters, and Heinz-Juhani Hofmann’s Ahti Karjalainen — elämä, Kekkonen ja teot.

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