Finland 100 & Helsinki Variations
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra commissions new music to mark the Finland 100 centenary year
The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra has launched a new music project entitled “Helsinki Variations” to mark the centenary of Finnish independence. Six Finnish composers have been invited to produce new compositions that will be performed by the orchestra between 2019 and 2022 as follows:
Autumn 2019: Lotta Wennäkoski
Spring 2020: Kimmo Hakola
Autumn 2020: Antti Auvinen
Spring 2021: Matthew Whittall
Autumn 2021: Seppo Pohjola
Spring 2022: Sampo Haapamäki
Each of the composers has been invited to compose a variation on any piece of Finnish music composed before 1945. The variations may not exceed 15 minutes in duration and must orchestral pieces without solo performances.
“Already this year the orchestra’s programme includes the premieres of two works by Jukka Tiensuu and Veli-Matti Puumala commissioned especially for the Finland 100 centenary year. By commissioning new Finnish music and premiering these Helsinki Variations, the orchestra will continue to celebrate Finnish independence even after the end of the official Finland 100 programme,” says Susanna Mälkki, Chief Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.