Cecilia Damström photo: Marthe Veian
Cecilia Damström photo: Marthe Veian

Cecilia Damström

"The ability to think and feel is what makes us humans differ from other species on earth." This is also what Cecilia Damström tries to achieve with her compositions; to make people think and feel.

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Born into a multicultural family in Helsinki, languages and the possibility of combining languages, have always appealed to her while composing. With a background as a classical pianist and with theatre as an interest, also harmony, direction, a sense of drama, and expressivity are always present in her music.

Born into a multicultural family in Helsinki, languages and the possibility of combining languages, have had a great influence on her composing. With a background as a classical pianist and with an interest in theatre, harmony, direction, drama and expressivity are always present in her music.

Cecilia Damström's strong humantarian pathos is another important aspect in her creation. The orchestral work Tundo! was dedicated to all the refugees in the world, the string ocrhestral piece Infirmus to all peoploe with incurable diseases, and her trilogy of quintets are inspired by the life stories of three Finnish women, Jean Sibelius wife Aino, the writer and first Finnish feminist Minna Canth, and the artist Helene Schjerfbeck. 

Damström studied composition with Doctor Hannu Pohjannoro at Tampere University of Applied Sciences and at a master's level with Professor Luca Francesconi at the Malmö Academy of Music. Since graduating she has been working full time with commissions from various ensembles and festivals. Her broad catalogue of compositions includes chamber music, choral works, orchestral works as well as three chamber operas.Her compositions have received several national and international composition prizes. 

Cecilia Damström's music has been performed in all the Nordic countries as well as in  Canada, Germany, England, Spain and the Czech Republic. Her music is regularly performed in Finland at major concert venus and festivals such as Tampere Biennale (2010, 2012 and 2014), Helsinki Winds (2017), Summer Sounds in Sysmä (2015), Summer Sounds in Porvoo (2011), Tampering Festival (2014, 2015 and 2017), VocalEspoo (2014 and 2016) and at the Kokonainen Festival, where she is composer in residence (2016-2020).