Composer (b. 1979)
Sampo Haapamäki studied composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Tapio Nevanlinna and Veli-Matti Puumala, until obtaining his Master’s degree in 2005. He continued his education with Tristan Murail at Columbia University (New York), where he defended his PhD 2012. In 2012-2013, he followed the Cursus at IRCAM under Grégoire Lorieux.
He was involved in the development of new instruments tuned in quarter tones and composes concertos for them: Veli Kujalas’ quarter tone accordion (built by Pigini), Juuso Nieminen’s quarter tone guitar (built by Keijo Korelin), and Elisa Järvi’s quarter tone piano (built by Otso Haapamäki). These instruments strive to open a the broadest register possible in quarter tones (24 notes per octave) without losing their ergonomic design.