A Finnish composer born June 27, 1958 in Helsinki.
A pianist by training, Magnus Lindberg studied notably at the Sibelius Academy in Finland with Einojuhani Rautavaara. He also attended classes by Brian Ferneyhough and Helmut Lachenmann in Darmstadt, by Franco Donatoni in Sienna and Vinko Globokar and Gérard Grisey in Paris. Interested in the manipulation of sound, he worked successively at the Elektronmusikstudionin Stockholm, the experimental studio of Finnish Radio and at Ircam. A performer of contemporary works, the founder of the association Korvat Auki (Open your ears) and of the ensemble Toimii (It works!), he also taught composition in various European summer academies and at the Royal Swedish Conservatory. His style is a synthesis of such diverse concepts as serialism, aleatory music, French spectralism and musique concrète. His compositions are also permeated with the spontaneity of free jazz, the energy of post-funk and the exoticism of traditional music from various regions in Asia. Having exploited the limits of instrumental possibilities (Action-Situation-Signification, 1982; Kraft, 1985), Magnus Lindberg composed music that was more lyrical, in which consonance rests on perfect chords, purity of sound and a light touch of ornamentation (Corrente, 1992). Fascinated by the organisation of time(Cantigas, 1999), of duration and of rhythm, he works on the interaction of different sound materials and has a strong predilection for orchestral music. Other works are Faust (1986), Joy (1990), Sculpture (2005), Al largo (2010).