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Kari Henrik Juusela (b. 1954)

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Kari Henrik Juusela (b. 1954 Espoo, Finland) is a Finnish/American composer presently Associate Dean and Director of Composition at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. His compositions have won awards in numerous competitions including the 1995 Vienna International Full-Length Opera Competition directed by Claudio Abbado; Schirmer 1995 Young American's Art Song Competition; First Prize, 1989 GASTA String Quartet Composition Competition; Grand Prize and First Prize in 1998, and five awards in both the 1996 and 1990 Composer's Guild Composition Contests; and numerous awards from ASCAP. He was awarded the 1997 Stetson University Hand Award for Faculty Research and Creativity, received a 1997-98 Florida Council for the Arts Individual Artists Music Composition Fellowship, and has been the recipient of many other composition honors. Recent works include: Myths of the Sub-Tropics, a multi-media theater work commissioned by the CORE Ensemble, Bliss for cello quartet (commissioned by cellist David Bjella), Anandkari, for santoor and chamber orchestra, and Premasutra, for santoor, cello, and orchestra (both co-composed with Indian santoor virtuoso Nandkishor Muley), A Bolt of White Cloth a chamber opera featuring Indonesian Shadow-Play Theater), and Natai Boogie,for two pianos (commissioned by Stetson University for the centennial re-dedication of Elizabeth Hall). Recent recordings include: An American Prelude and Fugue, for wind trio, on Tres Vientos, (Lakeside Records); CrossingTwilight, for computer-generated tape, on Stages, a University of Maryland CD; Ilta Pala(a), for solo guitar, on Chamber Works, (Capstone Records); Mill Town Johnny, for Chorus, cello, bass and piano, on Tip Oi the Hat II , a Stetson University School of Music CD. His works have been performed internationally by ensembles and organizations including the Cuartetto Latinoamericano, The CORE Ensemble, guitarist Stephen Robinson, organist and harpsichordist Boyd Jones, Contemporary Composers Forum, Capital Composers Alliance, College Music Society, Florida Electro-Acoustic Festival, Society of Composers Inc., SEAMUS, Southeastern Composers League, and many professional and university orchestras and chamber ensembles. He holds degrees from The University of Maryland, Georgia State University and Berklee College of Music. His composition teachers include Mark Wilson, Tom Delio, Charles Knox, T.J. Anderson and Jeronimus Kascinkas. Juusela has studied African music with Komla Amoaku, Indonesian music with Lewis Peterman, Indian music with Nandkishor Muley and Rusty Gillete, improvisation with Wadada Leo Smith, and cello with Martha Gerschefski, Dona Vellek and Eckhart Richter. Juusela's music is published by Yelton Rhodes Music and Throckmorton Press. He served as the Region IV Co-Chair of the Society of Composers, Inc. 1996-1998


Music by Kari Henrik Juusela

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