A good year behind with several premieres and concerts all over Finland and also a few concerts in Sweden and Germany as well! In 2017 the great male choir Brahe Djäknar premiered “Sailing to Windward” in Turku in May, my piano quintet “Minna” got an outstanding premiere at the Kokonainen Festival in August, the excellent choir Jubilate premiered my “Missa Brevis” in November, my opera for children “Dumma Kungen” got a perfect premiere and review in November and my song cycle “Tidens ordning” got a great premiere as one of the finalists of the Yrjö Kilpinen Lied Composition Competition, which was broadcast by the Finnish Broadcasting company!
This Christmas I got many nice presents, but my favourite present was that my opera “Dumma Kungen” got nominated for the title “Children’s Opera of the Year” alongside nine other great productions! The winner will be announced at the Helsinki opera gala on January 14th 2018, keep your fingers crossed for me until then!
This year I have again many exiting projects and commissions coming up: a new piano quintet for the Kokonainen Festival and an orchestra piece for the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, among others! I will also have my first public lecture at the Sibelius Academy on the 8th of February, very exciting indeed!
Hope you all have had a wonderful year 2017 and I wish you a even better year 2018!
|Wishing You a Happy New Year 2018! Photo by Marthe Veian Photography|