Sointu Aalto is the 2021 Teen Composer Award winner!

We are absolutely delighted to announce this year’s recipient, Sointu Aalto, based in Edmonton! She will write a string trio for Continuum that will be premiered online with the other 6 world premieres from our national PIVOT program in April.

Sointu has begun her private lessons with Christina Volpini, whom we feature later this season in Grounds for Goodness with a world premiere, and we hope by then, with you and in person, or online as needed.

Described as a delightful musician with flair, Sointu Aalto (b.2004 in Helsinki) is a passionate cellist and composer. Recent winner of the Arcady Ensemble’s 2019 emerging composer competition, CFMTA’s national 2020 student composer competition, and ACNMP’s national 2020 emerging composer competition, her music is characterised by intense sonic atmospheres and disturbing beauty. She studies cello with Josephine van Lier, and composition with Heather Hindman. She is a member of the Edmonton Youth Orchestra and the Jams string quartet, and got an honourable mention in Boulder Bach’s High School World Bach Competition.

You can listen to Sointu’s work on YouTube and Soundcloud.