The International Einojuhani Rautavaara Chamber Choir Composition Workshop and Competition is an opportunity for young composers to work intensively with a professional chamber choir.
Participants will work with the Helsinki Chamber Choir and renowned composers Beat Furrer and Jukka Tiensuu in a workshop in November 2015 before completing their final composition for the competition. The competition will take place at the Viitasaari Time of Music Festival on 4–6 July 2016.
At the conclusion of the final concert, an international jury, headed by composer Georg Friedrich Haas, will award the Einojuhani Rautavaara Prize, which consists of a cash prize of 7000 euros, a performance of the winning Competition entry during the Helsinki Chamber Choir’s 2016/17 season and a commission to write a 12-minute work for the Helsinki Chamber Choir for its 2017/18 season. The value of the commission is 4000 euros.
The 2nd International Rautavaara Competition is organized by the Helsinki Chamber Choir and the Viitasaari Time of Music Festival in association with Tenso Network Europe. The Competition Founder and Artistic Director is Nils Schweckendiek and the event is generously supported by the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne and the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation.
Zesses Seglias, winner of the 1st Rautavaara Competition in 2012, says: “Working with the Helsinki Chamber Choir was beyond any expectations a composer might have when taking part in a competition. The process was a constant back-and-forth stream of feedback at the end of which I got a highly professional performance.” Since winning the Rautavaara Competition, Zesses Seglias has been commissioned by Klangforum Wien and the Bregenzer Festspiele.
Official name of the Competition
2nd International Einojuhani Rautavaara Chamber Choir Composition Workshop and Competition
Patron: Einojuhani Rautavaara
Founder and Artistic Director: Nils Schweckendiek
Manager: Martti Anttila
Georg Friedrich Haas, composer (chairman)
Cornelia Bend, manager, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart
Kaspars Putniņš, conductor
Johan Tallgren, composer & festival director