|Birth name Henrik Otto Donner|
Name Henrik Donner
Also known as Otto Donner
|Born 16 November 1939
Tampere, Finland (1939-11-16) |
Genres pop, rock, jazz, electronic music, contemporary classical music
Occupation(s) Composer, arranger, musician
Associated acts Otto Donner Treatment, UMO Jazz Orchestra, Akademiska Sangforeningen
Died June 26, 2013, Jakobstad, Finland
Albums Strings, Sahko-shokki-ilta, More Than 123
Similar People Juhani Aaltonen, Dave Lindholm, Erkki Kurenniemi, Jim Pembroke, Kaj Chydenius
Otto Donner - Kuka kertoisi minulle? (1968)
Henrik Otto Donner (16 November 1939 – 26 June 2013) 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.
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. 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.
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.