Maria Kallionpää (b. 1981) earned her PhD in composition in 2015 (University of Oxford) and has graduated from the Royal Academy of Music (2009) and Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien (2010).
She won the first prize of the OUPHIL composition competition in 2013. Kallionpää works currently as a postdoctoral fellow at the university of Aalborg (funded by Kone Foundation) and as an artist in residence of the Mixed Reality Laboratory of the Nottingham University. Her artistic research project focuses on designing a music engine that uses gamification as a composition technique.
As a winner of the “Fabbrica” Program of Opera di Roma, Kallionpää is currently composing an opera that will be first performed at Teatro Nazionale in Rome in 2017. She is also composing the first full-length puppet opera produced in the Nordic Countries, to be premiered in 2018. Kallionpää was a laureate of Académie de France à Rome in 2016.