Osmo Tapio Räihälä

Osmo Tapio Everton Räihälä (born 15 January 1964; name sometimes spelled without umlauts) is a Finnish composer of contemporary music. He has mainly written instrumental music for various chamber music line-ups, five concertos (one for mallet instruments, a viola concerto, an oboe, a cello, and a French horn concerto) as well as for symphony orchestra.[1]

Osmo Tapio Räihälä (2013)

Räihälä was born in Suomussalmi. He has studied under Harri Vuori.[2] His best-known work is the 2005 orchestral portrait Barlinnie Nine, a tribute to the Scottish football player Duncan Ferguson, then of Everton, whom Räihälä is known to be a supporter of.[3] In 2004, another orchestral tribute, this time to the Islay single malt whisky Ardbeg, was chosen as one of recommended works in the international Uuno Klami competition.[4] The French horn concerto received the same accolade in 2014.[5]

Apart from the Nordic countries, Räihälä's music has been performed in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Germany, Russia and many other countries. The first CD recording of his works, Rock Painting, was released in 2006, and the following, Peat, Smoke & Seaweed Storm in 2014.[6] As of 2015, Räihälä's music is represented by the German publisher Sikorski Musikverlage.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Räihälä stated in an interview with Sikorski magazine that he has synesthesia.[8]


  • Saatana saapuu Turkuun (KACD2001-2, 1999)
  • Chadwick Drive (FFCD1025, 1999)
  • Damballa (UUCD101, 2004)
  • Rock Painting (UUCD103, 2006)
  • Peat, Smoke & Seaweed Storm (ABCD367, 2014)
  • L'homme à la licorne (OPTCD-15013, 2015)
  • Kirkasvetinen (AVI8553408, 2018)
  • Kalliokirskuja (WREC1, 2020)


  1. ^ List of works at Music Finland
  2. ^ Liljeroos, Mats (2009-05-04). "Räihälä, Osmo Tapio". Uppslagsverket Finland (in Swedish). Retrieved 2018-08-25.
  3. ^ Classical composers inspired by football at Guardian
  4. ^ Ardbeg at FIMIC Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-16. Retrieved 2014-09-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-19. Retrieved 2015-03-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://www.sikorski.de/9485/en/our_new_composer_osmo_tapio_raeihaelae.html
  8. ^ https://www.sikorski.de/media/files/1/13/27/10031/sikorski_magazin_4_2015.pdf

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