Riikka Talvitie – Mimesis, metaphor, modelling

Riikka Talvitie doctoral concert

You can watch a free live stream of the concert on Youtube, 21 April, 19–20:15 and as a free recording right after that.

How can a composer imitate reality? What is the relationship between modelling and metaphor? What does the composer actually say about it?

The piece plays with basic concepts of art: mimesis, metaphor and modelling. How can a composer imitate reality? What is the relationship between modelling and metaphor? What is the boundary between modelling and a composer’s expression? And what does the composer actually say about it?

The concert returns to the roots of modelling to examine the relationship between mathematical models and physics phenomena and music. It is generally assumed that modelling today provides the composer with a way to deal with difficult and multidimensional issues that go beyond aesthetic choices.

The performance consists of six pieces composed for keyboard instruments, each of which is a kind of thesis on mimesis. The whole is opened by means of performance art, including speech, images, live electronics and surprises.


  • Riikka Talvitie, composition and electronics
  • Mirka Viitala, keyboard instruments
  • Joel Malmberg, piano
  • Silke Hietala, En-Li Lin and Ellen Swanljung, sounds of ice
  • Meeri Pulakka, soprano
  • Esther Calderón Morales, live electronics
  • Heidi Soidinsalo, spoken voice, dramaturgical dialogue


Riikka Talvitie:

  • A Lecture on the Principle of Symmetry – for piano and live electronics
  • Imitation I – for two synthesizers
  • Aspects of Expression – for piano, tape, and video
  • Imitation II – for synthesizer
  • As if… – for piano and tape
  • Imitation III – for toy piano and bass drum
  • Experiment Lab: Listen to the Iceberg – for two pianos and sounds of ice
  • Shared Space – for four e-bows and sine waves

Further information: Anna Huuskonen

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The students of the Sibelius Academy perform in over 700 concerts each year. The concerts of the internationally renowned academy open doors for future top artists and offer unforgettable experiences.


21.4.2022 at 19:00 – 20:15


Black Box

Mannerheimintie 13

00100 Helsinki

Helsinki Music Centre


6,50–18 €

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