Finn wins state prize for his 16th symphony

November 30, 2016 by norman lebrecht


The prolific composer Kalevi Aho (l.), 67, was last night awarded Finland’s State Prize in music, worth 13,500 Euros.


kalevi aho

What took them so long?


Comments (7)

  1. Peter Kislinger says:

    Asking the same question. Today´s Helsingin sanomat´s running long stories about Saariaho and Salonen while printing a short press release. The photograph with Lewis Lipnick was taken by Peter Kislinger.

  2. chris says:

    Will Finland also give a State Prize to Leif Segerstam upon his no-doubt-soon completion of his 16,000th Symphony???

    1. John Borstlap says:

      The Committee began reviewing his work in 2007, but every time they arrived at a conclusion, there appeared to be a number of fresh symphonies to be considered, a process which repeated itself untill 2012 and then they gave-up.

      1. Joel says:

        Leif Segerstam was awarded in 2004 for his 105 symphonies. So, yes, he has been awarded. (No joke)

        1. John Borstlap says:

          Aha…. but then they missed-out on nr 106, which is as well, since that one was a bit disappointing.

  3. William Safford says:

    I’m a bit biased, but Aho’s Contrabassoon Concerto (commissioned and premiered by Lew Lipnick, on the right in the photo above) is a really good piece.

    1. Peter Kislinger says:

      Couldn´t agree more.

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