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Robert Kajanus (12/02/1856 - 7/06/1933)

Robert Kajanus studied theory of music with Richard Faltin and violin with Gustaf Niemann in Helsinki from 1868; this was followed by a further period at the Leipzig Conservatory from 1877 to 1882, when he studied composition as well as theory with Ernst Friedrich Richter, Karl Reinecke and Salomon Jadassohn. At the same time he also studied composition with Johan Svendsen in Paris during 1879 and 1880 and occasionally in Dresden between 1880 and 1882. Upon his return to Finland, in 1882 he founded the Orchestra of the Helsinki Philharmonic Society, which was renamed the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in 1914, and remained its conductor until 1932. Kajanus was conductor of the Muntra Musikanter male voice choir from 1883 and founded the Symphonic Choir in 1888. During the 1880s he was one of Finland’s leading composers, and his music possessed a strongly nationalistic character; however, following the highly successful first performance of Sibelius’s Kullervo Symphony in 1892, Kajanus effectively ceased to compose.

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