INTERNATIONAL EINOJUHANI RAUTAVAARA CHAMBER CHOIR COMPOSITION WORKSHOP AND COMPETITION 2012
Zesses Seglias wins the Rautavaara Competition
Jury awarded the Einojuhani Rautavaara Prize to Zesses Seglias. The Prize consists of a cash prize of 5000 euros plus a commission to write a work for the Helsinki Chamber Choir, worth 3000 euros.
The audience also voted for their favourite. The audience prize was awarded to Mike Solomon.
"To give them [the participants] the possibility to work with such a choir which works on the highest professional level – you can't imagine how much it means for a young composer. We all [the jury] were impressed by the high level of the compositions."
-Beat Furrer, Chairman of the competition jury
Concluding concert 7 July 2012
Helsinki Chamber Choir
Nils Schweckendiek, conductor
Sat 7.7.2012 at 20.00
At the conclusion of the final concert, an international
jury will award the Einojuhani Rautavaara Prize, which
consists of a cash prize of 5000 euros plus a commission
to write a work for the Helsinki Chamber Choir, worth
3000 euros. In addition, the winning Competition entry
will be performed during the Helsinki Chamber Choir’s
More info on the Time of Music homepage.
Attend the Workshop as an observer
A limited number of observers can be admitted to the four choral sessions of the Rautavaara Workshop on 20 and 21 February. Admittance is only possible at the start of each session. Please reserve places in advance by emailing competition (at) helsinkichamberchoir (dot) fi
Payment of the admission fee (15€ for adults, 10€ for students and other concessions) entitles you to attend between one and all four sessions.
Monday 20 February 11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm
Tuesday 21 February 10am-12noon and 1.30pm-3.30pm
Location: German Church (Saksalainen kirkko), Unioninkatu 1, Helsinki
Participants for the Workshop and Competition selected (3 November 2011)
The Jury selected 6 participants from 32 applications:
Jouni Hirvelä (Finland)
SukJu Na (South Korea)
Zisis Segklias (Greece)
Evelin Seppar (Estonia)
Mike Solomon (USA)
Gabriele Vanoni (Italy)
The Competition is organised in association with the Helsinki Chamber Choir and the Viitasaari Time of Music Festival.
Founder and Artistic Director: Nils Schweckendiek.
The International Einojuhani Rautavaara Chamber Choir Composition Workshop and Competition is an opportunity for young composers to work intensively with a professional chamber choir, using and developing the expressive possibilities of an ensemble of professional singers. Applications are invited from composers of any nationality born between 1 February 1977 and 31 January 1994 inclusive.
Participants will have the chance to work with the Helsinki Chamber Choir and two renowned composers in a Workshop before writing their final work for the Competition. The Competition will take place at the Viitasaari Time of Music Festival on 6-7 July 2012. At the conclusion of the final concert, an international jury will award the Einojuhani Rautavaara Prize to the composer of the work it deems the best.
Participants will receive free accommodation and a contribution towards their travel expenses.
Competition Manager Martti Anttila:
competition (at) helsinkichamberchoir (dot) fi
Patron: Einojuhani Rautavaara, composer
Nils Schweckendiek, Artistic Director
Martti Anttila, Helsinki Chamber Choir
Perttu Haapanen, Time of Music
Minna Huuskonen, Time of Music
Markus Fagerudd, composer
Taiteen keskustoimikunta (Arts Council of Finland)
Suomen Kulttuurirahasto (Finnish Cultural Foundation)
Svenska kulturfonden (Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland)