Finn wins state prize for his 16th symphony

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


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What took them so long?


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  • 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.

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

    • 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.

  • 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.

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