Henrik Otto Donner

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Henrik Otto Donner
Henrik Otto Donner in the 1960s
Henrik Otto Donner in the 1960s
Background information
Birth nameHenrik Otto Donner
Also known asOtto Donner
Born(1939-11-16)16 November 1939
Tampere, Finland
Died26 June 2013(2013-06-26) (aged 73)
Jakobstad, Finland
Genrespop, rock, jazz, electronic music, contemporary classical music
Occupation(s)Composer, arranger, musician

Henrik Otto Donner (16 November 1939 – 26 June 2013)[1] was a Finnish composer, musician and all-round music personality. His musical styles varied from pop and rock music to jazz, electronic music and contemporary classical music. Donner's personal instrument was trumpet. He was a member of the famous Finland Swedish Donner family.[2]

Donner was one of the pioneers of Finnish avant-garde and experimental music as well as an important figure in Finnish left-wing "song movement" of the 1960s and 1970s. He studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and later in Vienna as a student of György Ligeti. In 1966 Donner was one of the founders of record label Love Records which was a pioneering label in Finnish rock music.[2] Donner collaborated with many Finnish musicians and artists such as Erkki Kurenniemi, Juhani Aaltonen, A. W. Yrjänä, Hasse Walli and Dave Lindholm. He was a film score composer for more than 50 movies and TV-series.[3]

He conducted Finland’s entry in Eurovision 1981 in Dublin.

Henrik Otto Donner was found dead at the marina of Jakobstad early on 27 June 2013. It is yet uncertain whether he drowned or died of a heart attack.[4]

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  1. ^ Hufvudstadsbladet, 12 July 2013, p. 21.
  2. ^ a b "Henrik Otto Donner – avantgardea ja iskelmiä" (in Finnish). YLE. 16 November 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  3. ^ Internet Movie Database Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Henrik Otto Donner död" (in Swedish). YLE Nyheter. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013.

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