2nd International Einojuhani Rautavaara Competition

Weds 6 Jul 2016 7.00 pm
Viitasaari Church

World premieres of works by:
DIANA LI LING SOH (Singapore/France)

Helsingin kamarikuoro
Nils Schweckendiek, conductor

For the second time, a group of talented young composers from around the world has been chosen to work with the Helsinki Chamber Choir. In November 2015 the five composers met the choir and tried out their musical ideas under the supervision of Ondřej Adámek, Jukka Tiensuu and Nils Schweckendiek. Now you can hear the completed works. An international jury will award the Einojuhani Rautavaara Prize to one of the participants at the end of the concert, and members of the audience will also be able to vote for their favourite piece.

GEORG FRIEDRICH HAAS, composer (Chairman)
CORNELIA BEND, manager, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart
JOHAN TALLGREN, composer, festival director

The Einojuhani Rautavaara Prize consists of:
1. A cash prize of 7000 €.
2. A commission to write a 12-minute work for the Helsinki Chamber Choir for its 2017/18 season. The value of the commission is 4000 €.
3. A repeat performance of the winning Competition entry during the Helsinki Chamber Choir’s 2016/17 season.

Broadcast on Yle Radio 1

Patron of the Competition,
composer Einojuhani Rautavaara (Photo by Ari Korkala)
The lines of each section of the choir were straight and clear, as if played by instruments, and yet soft and flexible, supporting an unbroken sense of breathing. Each group sang with pure intonation and the resonance between the voices took on a life of its own, so that the whole space was filled with ringing colours.
Hannu-Ilari Lampila,
Helsingin Sanomat, Finland