January 27, 2017

Finnish composer scores high at Henri Dutilleux

Hannu Pohjannoro is the first Finnish composer to qualify for the finals in the International Henri Dutilleux Composition Competition.
Hannu Pohjannoro is the first Finnish composer to qualify for the finals in the International Henri Dutilleux Composition Competition.
Maarit Kytöharju

The Finnish composer Hannu Pohjannoro has been awarded at the eighth International Henri Dutilleux Composition Competition for his work ‘images, hommages.’

The International Henri Dutilleux competition for composers was held on 22 January, in Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, France, where Hannu Pohjannoro‘s work, ‘images, hommages,’ shared the second prize with Italian Matteo Franceschini‘s composition.

There was no first prize awarded this year.

There were five finalist in total, selected from a record 353 composers from 50 countries, who presented 438 different pieces of work. The other three finalists were Augusta Read Thomas, Mark Simpson and Pierre Jalbert.

The third prize was also not handed out this year, however composer Mark Simpson received the audience award, while the works from all five finalists were perfromaced at a concert on 22 January.

Pohjannoro composed images, hommages in 2010–2011, and it was created in honour of 11 novelists and visual artists, including Wassily Kandinsky, Milan Kundera, Italo Calvino and Mark Rothko.

Composition has been a dear tradition in Finland ever since the days of Jean Sibelius, and there are plenty of contemporary Finnish composers and conductors who’ve struck a chord with international audiences in subsequent years.

 

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