Sanna Salmenkallio (b. 1966 in Espoo) is an experienced film composer who has also written concert music and music for the stage. Salmenkallio studied the violin and music in general with private teachers until she entered the Music Education Department at the Sibelius Academy. During her time at the Sibelius Academy, she continued to study the violin alongside music education, and she also spent a few years at the Department of Media Studies (Time Based Art) at the Academy of Fine Arts. Before her first film projects, Salmenkallio wrote music for a number of modern dance works by Finnish performers. Today, Sanna Salmenkallio divides her time between composing, teaching and performing.
Her films include The 3 Rooms of Melancholia, Fever, Mechanical Love, The Home Front and also feature film Sisters Apart. Salmenkallio’s best-known work is probably her score for the documentary Melancholian 3 huonetta (The Three Rooms of Melancholia, 2004) directed by Pirjo Honkasalo, for which Salmenkallio received a Jussi Award (the ‘Finnish Oscar’).