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Helsinki Variations series to continue with new commissioned works

The new Helsinki Variations series begins with a new composition by Lotta Wennäkoski at the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s concerts this week

The series of commissioned works initiated by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra to mark the centenary of Finnish independence is set to continue in 2022-2025. Six Finnish composers have been invited to compose new Helsinki Variations: Jukka Linkola, Minna Leinonen, Olli Virtaperko, Jennah Vainio, Outi Tarkiainen and Jouni Hirvelä.

 

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 be orchestral pieces. The variations will be premiered by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra during its regular concert seasons.

The new Helsinki Variations series begins with a new composition by Lotta Wennäkoski at the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s concerts this week. Wennäkoski’s composition Om fotspår och ljus (Of Footsteps and Light) is based on a scene from the opera Asiens ljus (The Light of Asia) by Ida Moberg (1859-1947).

Composers and premieres of Helsinki Variations:

Autumn 2019: Lotta Wennäkoski (11-12.9.2019)
Spring 2020: Kimmo Hakola (15.5.2020)
Autumn 2020: Antti Auvinen
Spring 2021: Matthew Whittall
Autumn 2021: Seppo Pohjola
Spring 2022: Sampo Haapamäki

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Autumn 2022: Jukka Linkola
Spring 2023: Minna Leinonen
Autumn 2023: Olli Virtaperko
Spring 2024: Jennah Vainio
Autumn 2024: Outi Tarkiainen
Spring 2025: Jouni Hirvelä

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