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Mäntysaari Lauri

Lauri Mäntysaari (b. Helsinki, 1982) studied composition in Sibelius Academy with Veli-Matti Puumala and earned his Master's degree 2011. His music has been performed widely in Finland, but also in Sweden, Denmark, Estonia and Austria. Mäntysaari's works have recently gained success in international competitions in Italy (Conservatory of Milan, 1st prize with ensemble work Sur in April 2012) and The Netherlands (The Hague Young Masters XXI, 1st prize with string quartet Muove in September 2012).

Besides writing for orchestra and instrumentalists, Mäntysaari is also keen on choir music. His choral works are performed by topmost Finnish choirs, such as the YL Male Voice Choir and EMO Ensemble. In February 2011 Mäntysaari worked with the Choir of Latvian Radio within a young composers' workshop.

Mäntysaari lives in Turku, Finland, and works there actively as a composer, performer and newspaper critic.