Yearly archive 2001

Kimmo Pohjonen and vanguard accordion

Kimmo Pohjonen represents that rare breed of musicians who seem to be born to redefine the genres and recalibrate the metres. Such is the force of his vision and commitment that even though his solo career is a mere five years old, the whole world seems to want in on the action. Without the shadow...

The apostle of musical humanism: Communication between people is the core of Joonas Kokkonen’s music

What does it take to be a great composer? What is characteristic of a vital tonal art that appeals to different kinds of people in different times? How do you define a unique musical voice that by virtue of its originality remains interesting even after the death of its author?

Jean Sibelius conducts

Jean Sibelius conducted his own compositions with orchestras the world over for the space of nearly three decades. Vesa Sirén, author of "Aina poltti sikaria – Jean Sibelius aikalaisten silmin" (Always Smoking a Cigar – Jean Sibelius as seen by his Contemporaries), here views the composer as conductor in the light of contemporary evidence and...

Sermilä “the All-rounder”

It is improvisatory music, such as jazz, that Jarmo Sermilä plays best on the trumpet and flugelhorn, and his status and focus as a musician is also probably slightly unconventional compared with the normal art music enthusiast. He has been Executive Director of the Finnish Music Information centre and the Finnish Time of Music Festival, acted...