Otto Nuoranne (b. 1991) is a Helsinki-based multi-disciplinary composer, music maker, and cellist.
As composer
Nuoranne is currently working on new music for a variety of projects including Zagros Ensemble, Avanti!, EMO Ensemble, and an ensemble of Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra players for the Baltic Sea Festival Science Lab in 2024. He has previously composed instrumental music for ensembles like HISS Quartet and Hai Quartet, vocal music, and solo repertoire for cello and piano, and his piece "Roso" was chosen as one of the five pieces representing Finland at the Ung Nordisk Musik Festival in Örebro, Sweden, in 2024. He is currently studying in the MMus Composition programme at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki under his current instructor Ville Raasakka. He was previously taught by Juhani Nuorvala and Matthew Whittall, and has recently taken part in composition masterclasses with Carola Bauckholt and Julian Anderson. He has an interest in composing music for inter-disciplinary projects like film, theatre, and dance.
As music maker
Nuoranne’s solo project Echoic has been running since 2013, and one of the projects under his 2022 Taike grant was the writing of Echoic’s third studio album, slated for release sometime in 2023-24. In Echoic, Nuoranne is the sole writer, permanent performer, and artistic producer, but the albums have been engineered by audio wizards Markus Vuoristo, Ilari Heinilä, and Ilmari Apajalahti in the past. On stage, Nuoranne is joined by a rotating collection of musicians.
As cellist
Nuoranne is a classically trained cellist and regularly works as a cellist in both art music and other areas. He is a member of improvised music collective Bureaux, and string quartets Neue Quartet and Ursus Factory Strings. Nuoranne has been taught cello by Tapani Heikinheimo, Raimo Sariola, and Heikki Kulo, and improvisation by Anssi Karttunen and Libero Mureddu.
Nuoranne graduated as a Bachelor in Music Theory in the spring of 2022 and occasionally works with arrangements and other music work on a freelance basis. Before his academic music career, Nuoranne completed a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics at University College London in the United Kingdom, and besides the music, he also works as an English-to-Finnish translator and proofreader. The little spare time that's left he spends with films, ice swimming and whisky.