Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm, KMH
Teemu Mastovaara, a video game and Alexander technique enthusiast, started his musical career in 2001 by beginning to play cello at Lounais-Häme Music School in Finland under Timo Oikkonen. In 2009 he continued to Turku AMK to graduate as Music Educator (cello) in 2014. His teachers were Timo Hanhinen, and Erkki Lahesmaa. He has also taken part in master classes by e.g. Lauri Angervo, Robert Irvine, Arto Noras, and Roi Ruottinen. In 2015 he was awarded a diploma for his multidisciplinary and international orientation by Turku AMK.
With Mastovaara, composition has always travelled hand in hand with playing. He has worked on his compositions e.g. with Henry Foures, Seppo Pohjola, Kim Helweg and Fredrik Schwenk. Mastovaara has also completed Supplementary Studies in Musicology at Turku University in 2016. His Bachelor's thesis explored natural sounds used in Verisäkeet album by extreme metal band Moonsorrow.
Mastovaara is a borderless musician. He has e.g. performed as soloist of Turku Philharmonic, is the founding member of multi-genre group Fourtune Cello Quartet, and has composed music for theater. He has worked with dancers and visual artists as performer and composer, played on multiple albums, and performed on numerous festivals in Finland (e.g. Hanko, Naantali, Nagu, Rauma, and Turku), around Europe, and in Japan.
In CoPeCo, Mastovaara is looking forward to develop his skills in composition and electronics, and gain musical influences to complete his Masterâ€™s project relating to a stage performance with a soundscape of different musical genres, and dancing influenced by martial arts movements.
Photo: Jarno Tauvo