The International Harald Andersén choir competition

23rd – 24th September 2016, Helsinki Music Centre

V International Harald Andersén Chamber Choir Competition

The International Harald Andersén Chamber Choir Competition has been held every three years since 2003. This high-quality competition is open to any mixed choir with 16 to 40 singers, with no limitations on nationality. The choir may include professional singers. The Competition was named after pioneering Finnish choral conductor Harald Andersén (1919–2001).

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Rules

Rules

V International Harald Andersén Chamber Choir Competition

2016 RULES

 

1 §  Organiser and competition dates

The Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki is organising the Fifth International Harald Andersén Chamber Choir Competition in Helsinki, from 23-24 September 2016. A Competition Committee appointed by the Dean of the Sibelius Academy will be responsible for the practical arrangements of the competition.

 

2 § Choir configuration                    

The competition is open to mixed chamber choirs of all nationalities. A choir must have a minimum of 16 and a maximum of 40 members. Choirs are permitted to have professional singers as members. Members of the jury or the winning choir of the previous competition are not eligible for competition.

 

3 § Registration

Registration closes on 29 January 2016 at 4pm. All registration materials must be delivered by the closing time of registration. Incomplete and/or late registrations will not be accepted for consideration.

The following materials must be sent to the Competition Secretary by post: 

  1. Registration form
  2. CD recording containing a cappella choral music
  3. Legal sheet music accompanying the recording
  4. Attachments (sent via email)

Delivering address:

V International Harald Andersén Chamber Choir Competition

Terhi Luukkonen

Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki

PO Box 38

00097 Uniarts

 

1. Registration form

The form can be found on the competition homepage when registration opens.

 

2. CD recording including a cappella choral music

Competition repertoire is free, but it must include music from different style periods, including both a piece composed prior to 1650, as well as a piece composed during or after 1960. The choral music score may include pitchless percussion instruments. The duration of the CD may be no more than 20 minutes. The recording must not be altered or manipulated digitally or by analogue means. The date, location, and sound engineer of the recording must be specified.

 

3. Legal sheet music of the recording

One copy per piece, of the original published sheet music or legally approved manuscript copies.

 

4. Attachments

The following attachments must all be sent via email by 4pm on 29 January 2016.

  1. Choir CV in English (.rtf, .doc and .docx formats accepted)
  2. Choir conductor CV English (.rtf, .doc and .docx formats accepted)
  3. 2 digital photos of the choir and 2 digital photos of the choir conductor (300 dpi resolution, in .jpg format)

Delivery email address:

terhi.luukkonen@uniarts.fi

 

4 § Pre-selection

A Selection Committee appointed by the Competition Committee will complete a pre-selection based on received registration documents and recordings. A maximum of 12 choirs shall be selected for competition. Pre-selection announcements will be communicated via letter no later than 4 March 2016, as well posted on the competition website.

 

5 § Participation fee and other costs

Choirs selected for competition must pay a total participation fee of 400 EUR by 25 April 2016. Payment confirms participation in the competition. If payment has not been received by the deadline, the choir’s participation slot will be allocated to the next runner-up choir. Participation fees are non-refundable, and choirs who cancel their participation will not be reimbursed. The Competition Coordinator will confirm receipt of participation fee payment to each selected choir.

Competition participants will be solely responsible for all other costs and arrangements, i.e. travel, accommodation, food, etc. Those who require entry visas to Finland for the competition must make arrangements themselves at the nearest Finnish Embassy. 

 

6 § Competition order

Through their representatives, all choirs selected for competition must register with the competition Secretariat by 8:30am on 23 September 2016, and participate in the competition draw ceremony at 9am.

Choirs will perform in the preliminary and competition final in a randomly drawn order. The competition order for the preliminary will be drawn on Friday 23 September 2016 at 9am. The competition order on Saturday will be reversed to Friday’s order. A representative for each competing choir must be present at the competition draw ceremony.

 

7 §  Jury

The Competition Committee will name a Jury, which will include a Chairman and four other members.

 

8 §  Competition programme

The competition is comprised of a preliminary competition and a final, both of which are open to the public.

Preliminary 23 September 2016 at 3pm

Helsinki Music Centre, Sonore

A maximum of 12 choirs will be preselected for the preliminary competition. Including transitions, the duration of each choir’s performance may be no more than 20 minutes. The Jury has the right to interrupt a choir’s performance if it exceeds 20 minutes. The competition repertoire must comprise of a cappella choral music. The choral music score may include pitchless percussion instruments. Competition repertoire is free, but it shall include the mandatory competition piece: Riikka Talvitie: Même mort (2002) III Mais je suis mort (Margarita Duras: Hiroshima mon amour)

Final 24.9.2016 klo 13.00
Helsinki Music Centre, Concert Hall

Based on the preliminary competition, no more than six choirs will be selected for the final. Including transitions, the duration of each choir’s performance may be no more than 20 minutes. The Jury has the right to interrupt a choir’s performance if it exceeds 20 minutes. The competition repertoire must comprise of a cappella choral music. The choral music score may include pitchless percussion instruments. Competition repertoire is free, but it must differ from the repertoire in the preliminary.

 

9 § Gala concert

Helsinki Music Centre, Concert Hall

The Jury may request competing choirs perform in a gala concert at the Helsinki Music Centre (Mannerheimintie 13a, Helsinki) at 7pm on 24 September 2016. The Jury selects the gala concert programme from choir repertoires from the competition.

 

10 § Prizes

Competition prizes are:

I Prize: 10,000 EUR
II Prize: 7,000 EUR
III Prize: 4,000 EUR

The Jury may decide on alternative prizing structure. In addition, special prizes approved by the Competition Committee may also be awarded. Results will be announced and prizes awarded at the gala concert at the Helsinki Music Centre on 24 September 2016.

 

11 § Sheet music

Only legal sheet music may be used in the competition. Either original published sheet music or legally approved manuscript copies are permitted. Five copies of each competition repertoire piece must be delivered to the Competition Coordinator by 25 April 2016. Sheet music may also be sent electronically.

 

12 § Recordings

The competition organiser has the unlimited right to broadcast, televise, record, photograph, video-record, and broadcast public broadcasts and webcasts, as well as make CDs, DVDs and other recordings of competition and gala concert performances without any separate compensation to composers, performers, choirs or conductors. The competition organiser may also transfer any of the above rights to a separate party. These rights are unlimited in terms of time and place.

 

13 §  Original language of the Rules

The original language of these rules is Finnish. The Competition Committee will determine the possible interpretations of these rules according to the Finnish version.

Prizes

I 10 000 €
II 7 000 €
III 4 000 €


A special prize from the Society of Finnish Composers of 1 000 € for the best performance of the mandatory competition piece (Riikka Talvitie: Même mort (2002) III Mais je suis mort) in the first round.

Jury


Fredrik Malmberg, chair (SWE)

A passion for unusual repertoire, combined with an expertise and instinctive understanding of a variety of periods and styles have become the hallmark of the Swedish conductor Fredrik Malmberg. Active both as a choral and an orchestral conductor, he has worked with among others, DR Vocalensemblet, Swedish Radio Choir, Concerto Copenhagen, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Mariinsky Theatre orchestra. Fredrik Malmberg is also in demand as a pianist and organist, working together with Mahler Chamber Orchestra and conductors such as Daniel Harding and Claudio Abbado. In 2012 Fredrik Malmberg was appointed to two of the most prestigious choral positions in Sweden; principal conductor of Eric Ericson’s Chamber Choir and professor of Choral Conducting at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Fredrik Malmberg has already been awarded a number of prestigious prizes and awards for his contribution to music; in 2012 the Swedish music magazine Opus listed him among those who have contributed most to revitalizing classical music in Sweden.

 

Ko Matsushita (JPN)

Ko Matsushita is a composer and conductor born and raised in Tokyo. Matsushita graduated at the top of his class from the Kunitachi College of Music, Department of Composition, and went on to study chorus conducting under the late prof. Reményi János, Budapest, Hungary. Matsushita is currently the conductor and artistic director of 14 choirs, which are often invited to perform in Japan, Europe, America, Canada, and Asia. A prolific composer and arranger, Matsushita’s works are performed around the world. His compositions vary widely, ranging from works based on traditional Japanese music, Masses, motets, to etudes for choirs. Matsushita’s works are published in Japan by Edition KAWAI, Ongaku no tomo sha Corp., Pana Musica, and overseas by Carus-Verlag Stuttgart (Germany), SULASOL (Finland), Annie Bank Edition (the Netherlands) Porfiri & Horváth Publishers (Germany) and Santa Barbara Music Publishing (USA) among others.

Matsushita is also an active workshop clinician and lecturer both within and outside Japan. In recent years, he has adjudicated at the Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging and Arts Presentation (Singapore), the Seghizzi International Choral Competition and Musica Sacra a Roma (Italy), the Hong Kong International Youth & Children’s Choir Festival (Hong Kong), the Tolosa International Choral Competition (Spain), the Florilège Vocal de Tours (France), the Béla Bartók International Choir Competition (Hungary), the Krakow International Choir Compitition (Poland), the Rimini International Choir Competition (Italy), the Busan Choral Festival Composition Competition (South Korea), the Musica Ficta International Competition for Choral Composition (Italy) and the Japan International Choral Composition Competition (Japan). In 2005, he became the first Asian to receive the “Robert Edler Prize for Choral Music” in recognition of his outstanding achievements worldwide in conducting, composing, performance, and education within the field of choral music. 


Daniel Reuss (NL)

Daniel Reuss studied with Barend Schuurman at the Rotterdam Conservatory. In 1990, he became director of Cappella Amsterdam.  The recording of choral works by Janáček (Harmonia Mundi 2012) was received with international praise and received ‘Diapason d’Or’, ‘Choc de Classica’, ‘Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik’ and ‘Edison Klassiek 2013’. Daniel Reuss has been invited to conduct chamber ensembles and orchestras throughout Europe. Among these may be mentioned the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, MusikFabrik, Vocal Consort Berlin, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. From 2003 until 2006 he was artistic director/chief conductor of the RIAS Kammerchor in Berlin, with whom he recorded a number of successful CDs. Their CD with works by Martin and Messiaen (released by Harmonia Mundi) won both the "Diapason d'or de l'année 2004" and the "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik".

From 2008 till 2013 Reuss was the artistic director/chief conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. In 2010, he was nominated with the Estonian Philharmonic Orchestra together with Cappella Amsterdam for a Grammy for best choral performance for the recording of Martin's Golgotha (Harmonia Mundi). The two choirs also worked together in a recording of Stabat Mater and Sept Répons de Ténèbres (Francis Poulenc), released in 2014 by Harmonia Mundi. In September 2014 the CD Warum, choral works of Brahms, sang by Cappella Amsterdam was released. It won the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik beginning 2015. From 2014 Reuss is the artistic director of Ensemble Vocal Lausanne.


Marjukka Riihimäki (FIN)

Marjukka Riihimäki has had a distinguished career as a choral conductor, especially in training young people. She directed the Sibelius High School Choir in Helsinki for 30 years, and the Philomela and Grex Musicus choirs conducted by her have won acclaim in many competitions. The former won the Grand Prix at the Tampere Vocal Music Festival in 2001, the latter in 2005, and Philomela the 2014 Female Chamber Choir championships in Riga. On her retirement, Marjukka Riihimäki also began working with the elderly and persons in sheltered housing suffering from memory loss. She trains choirs and serves on juries both in Finland and abroad. In November 2009, the Finnish President awarded her the prestigious honorary title of Musiikkineuvos for her services to music.

Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (FIN)

Jaakko Mäntyjärvi studied English and Linguistics at the University of Helsinki, graduating with an FK (= MA) degree in 1991; he is accredited as an Authorised Translator from Finnish to English and English to Finnish. He has also studied theory of music and choir conducting at the Sibelius Academy. As a composer, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi describes himself as an eclectic traditionalist: eclectic in that he adopts influences from a number of styles and periods, fusing them into his own idiom; traditionalist in the sense that his musical language is based on a traditional approach and uses the resources of modern music sparingly. Because he is himself active in making music, his music is very pragmatic; he is a choral singer, and thus most of his works are for choir. His major choral works include Four Shakespeare Songs (1984), Dagen svalnar... (Day is cooling, 1991/1993), Pseudo-Yoik (1994), El Hambo (1997), More Shakespeare Songs (1997), the choral drama SALVAT 1701 (2001), the 40-part Tentatio (2006) and Stuttgarter Psalmen (2009); Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae received 3rd prize in the European composition competition for cathedral choirs in 1997. His major commissions include works for the Cork International Choral Festival (1999), the 700th anniversary of the consecration of Turku Cathedral (2000), the World Symposium on Choral Music (2008), and for Chanticleer (2001) and the King’s Singers (2002). He was composer-in-residence of the Tapiola Chamber Choir from 2000 to 2005.

Jaakko Mäntyjärvi has been active as an amateur and semi-professional musician, mainly as a choral singer with a number of Finnish choirs, including the Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir, the professional Sibelius Academy Vocal Ensemble, the Tapiola Chamber Choir, the Klemetti Institute Chamber Choir and the Finnish Chamber Choir. He conducted the Savolaisen Osakunnan Laulajat student choir from 1988 to 1993 and was deputy conductor of the Tapiola Chamber Choir from 1998 to 2004. More recently (2015), he founded Chamber Choir cc FREIA. He has also taught a course in the history of choral music at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Competing choirs

Kamarikuoro Addictio, conductor Elisa Huovinen (FINLAND)

Addictio is a Finnish chamber choir founded by its singers in the fall of 2005. The thirty singers of the Helsinki-based choir are all hardened veterans of the choir scene, a tight group of enthusiasts rather than a collection of professional musicians. Since 2013 the choir has been conducted by Elisa Huovinen. Ever since the years of the original conductor of Addictio, Anna Nora, the choir has invited in a steady stream of guest conductors for various projects, expanding its vision and experience in different styles of music and conducting.

 

Elisa Huovinen started her studies in the Sibelius Academy music education department from where she gained her bachelor degree in 2012. Right now, Huovinen is finishing her master studies in the Sibelius Academy conducting department. She has also studied in the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, and she educates herself regularly in international master classes. Huovinen is the artistic director of chamber choir Addictio. She is also regularly asked to substitute conductors in many semi-professional choirs (Tapiola Choir, Helsinki Philharmonic Chorus). In the summer 2015, Huovinen worked as a choirmaster in a production with the renowned Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Estonian National Male Choir.

 

Ahjo Ensemble, conductor Paavo Hyökki (FINLAND)

Ahjo Ensemble is a young and ambitious chamber choir from Helsinki. The choir is conducted by Paavo Hyökki. Ahjo Ensemble has performed mainly modern choir music having an emphasis on Finnish and Estonian composers. Ahjo Ensemble was one of the organizers of the international choir compositions competition of the VocalEspoo Festival and performed at the opening concert in June 2014. In 2015 the choir performed at the Kamarikesä Music & Art Festival with conductor Dalia Stasevska and acted as a represesentation choir of Finland at the Nordic Baltic Festival in Riga. Ahjo Ensemble has been invited to participate in the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition in Cork, Ireland in 27th April–1st May 2016.

Paavo Hyökki graduated from the Sibelius Academy with excellent grades in choral conducting year 2013. Hyökki has been the conductor of Ahjo Ensemble since its founding in 2013. Hyökki also conducts the male choir Laulajat and the mixed choir Lain Huuto. He has also worked in many productions with various Finnish choirs and orchestras i.e. Kirkkonummen kamariorkesteri, EMO Ensemble and key Ensemble. Between 2005 and 2013 he conducted the mixed choir Medicanto and during 2006–2014 the male choir Helsingin Poliisilaulajat. Paavo Hyökki is the Artistic Director of the Finnish Male Choir Association and has been a member of the board of the association since 2012. He has also been a member of the board of The Finnish Choral Directors’ Association since 2010. Hyökki is a sought-after member of jury for choir and ensemble competitions.

 

Collegium Musicale, conductor Endrik Üksvärav (ESTONIA)

Renowned Estonian chamber choir Collegium Musicale was founded by conductor Endrik Üksvärav in October 2010. The repertoire extends from renaissance to contemporary music. The choir has co-operated with different orchestras and ensembles, such as Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Baroque Orchestra, Corelli Consort, Klaaspärlimäng Sinfonietta and string quartet Prezioso, and conductors including Tõnu Kaljuste, Andres Mustonen, Kaspars Putninš, Mihhail Gerts, Toomas Vavilov, Aapo Häkkinen, Simon Carrington and Jos van Veldhoven. Collegium Musicale has had concert tours in Italy, France, Russia, Finland, Germany, Japan, Poland, Czech and Malta.

Endrik Üksvärav was graduated from Estonian Academy Music of Theatre as a conductor (BA) in 2004. In 2011 he got MA degree in conducting. Endrik Üksvärav has conducted different chamber choirs and orchestras.  2010 he created his own choir – Collegium Musicale. Year 2011 he got the prize “Young conductor of the year” in Estonia. Endrik Üksvärav has participated in the conducting master courses of Neeme Järvi, Jorma Panula, Eri Klas, Anders Eby and Ervin Ortner.

 

Youth choir Kamēr... , conductor Janis Liepins (LATVIA)

The youth choir Kamēr... was founded in 1990 by conductor Māris Sirmais and is since 2012 led by Jānis Liepiņš. The choir has won prizes in various choral competitions including a prize at the Marktoberdorf chamber choir competition in Germany in 1999, two European Grands Prix for Choral Singing in Gorizia (2004) and Arezzo, Italy (2013), as well as three championship prizes and gold medals at the World Choir Olympics in Xiamen, China, in 2006. Kamēr... has twice received the Latvian Great Music Award and won in the national choir competition a total of four times.

The principal conductor and artistic director of the choir, Jānis Liepiņš is working with Kamēr... since 2006. He has studied at the Department of Conducting of the Riga Dome choir school and got two bachelor’s degrees – in choral and symphonic conducting – at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music. Jānis Liepiņš has been awarded with the Latvian Great Music Award as the New Artist of 2013. Since 2014 he is also a conductor at the Latvian National Opera and Ballet.

Kampin laulu, conductor Kari Turunen (FINLAND)

The Kampin Laulu chamber choir is an ambitious ensemble of 35 singers aiming to uphold the traditions of the chamber choir genre while exploring new paths. The choir members are experienced choral singers with a desire to improve both as individuals and as a group. Kampin Laulu performs three to six concert programmes per season, mainly of classical music but with the occasional venture into lighter genres. During its 25 years, Kampin Laulu has enjoyed success at several European choir competitions, winning prizes in Cork, Debrecen, Linz and most recently (April 2015) in Tallinn.

Kari Turunen studied at the University of Helsinki and the Sibelius Academy, where he studied choral conducting. He holds a doctorate in early music performance practice from the University of the Arts Helsinki. He is the artistic director of five choirs and ensembles: the male chorus Akademiska Sångföreningen, the Kampin Laulu chamber choir, Chorus Cantorum Finlandiae, a choir of cantors of the Finnish Lutheran Church, the all-male Ensemble Petraloysio, and Spira Ensemble. He is also a member of Lumen Valo, a distinguished vocal ensemble that is one of the driving forces on the Finnish early music scene. Dr. Turunen taught choral conducting at the Tampere University of Applied Sciences between 2001 and 2011. He is in regular demand as a teacher of choral courses, adjudicator and clinician. He is also chairman of the Finnish Choral Directors’ Association, and he was named Choral Conductor of the Year 2008 in Finland.

New Dublin Voices, conductor Bernie Sherlock (IRELAND)

Irish chamber choir New Dublin Voices was founded by conductor Bernie Sherlock in 2005. NDV has won prizes at major competitions in France, Hungary, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Spain, England and Italy, including first prize at the Concorso Polifonico in Arezzo, Italy in August 2013, thereby becoming the first Irish choir to win a place in the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing. Awards also include the Grand Prix at the 12th Budapest International Choir Competition 2009 and all six prizes, including Choir of the Festival, at the 2011 International Choir Contest of Flanders-Maasmechelen. Most recently they were awarded the Fleischmann International Trophy at the 2015 Cork International Choral Festival. 

Bernie Sherlock studied choral conducting for two years with Peter Erdei and Ildikó Herboly Kocsár in Hungary, followed by orchestral conducting with Gerhard Markson in Dublin. She has a BA in music from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in performance from NUI Maynooth. She is the founder-conductor of New Dublin Voices and Musical Director of Ireland’s oldest choral society, the Culwick. Bernie has an international profile as a choral expert, adjudicator, and teacher of conducting and aural training. She has won several international prizes for her conducting and interpretation. She is a Lecturer in Music at the DIT Conservatory of Music, and has been Artistic Director of the annual International Conducting Summer School for the Association of Irish Choirs since 2008.

 

Spira Ensemble, conductor Kari Turunen (FINLAND)

Spira Ensemble is a mixed choir based in Helsinki, and it was founded in 2013. The repertoire focuses mainly on contemporary classical choral music by interesting composers from the Nordic countries, the Baltics and the US.

In 2014 Spira Ensemble collaborated with Erik Westberg from Sweden. At the Tampere Vocal Festival in June 2015 Spira won the Grand Prix as well as three gold stamps, the highest mark of achievement at the choral review. Also in 2015, the Swedish Song and Music Association of Finland awarded Spira Ensemble with the Evert Ekroth Prize as the musical group of the year. The creative director of Spira Ensemble is Doctor of Music Kari Turunen.

Kari Turunen studied at the University of Helsinki and the Sibelius Academy, where he studied choral conducting. He holds a doctorate in early music performance practice from the University of the Arts Helsinki. He is the artistic director of five choirs and ensembles: the male chorus Akademiska Sångföreningen, the Kampin Laulu chamber choir, Chorus Cantorum Finlandiae, a choir of cantors of the Finnish Lutheran Church, the all-male Ensemble Petraloysio, and Spira Ensemble. He is also a member of Lumen Valo, a distinguished vocal ensemble that is one of the driving forces on the Finnish early music scene. Dr. Turunen taught choral conducting at the Tampere University of Applied Sciences between 2001 and 2011. He is in regular demand as a teacher of choral courses, adjudicator and clinician. He is also chairman of the Finnish Choral Directors’ Association, and he was named Choral Conductor of the Year 2008 in Finland.

 

S:t Jacobs Ungdomskör, conductor Mikael Wedar (SWEDEN)

St Jacobs Ungdomskör is a mixed choir consisting of ca 40 singers from Stockholm area founded in 2007. Since it was founded, the choir has been conducted by Mikael Wedar. In 2012 the choir attained 3rd prize International Harald Andersén Chamber Choir Competition. In November 2013, the choir took part in Tolosa Choral Contest in Basque Country, Spain. Out of five possible awards St Jacobs Ungdomskör won all of them and thus qualified for the European Grand Prix in Debrecen, Hungary 2014, where SJUK was awarded 1st price. More recently, in the summer of 2015 the choir was honored to be invited as a hosting choir to the World Youth and Children’s Choir Festival in Hong Kong, China.

Mikael Wedar was educated at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He has earned degrees in conducting, piano and vocal singing. He has worked as an organist and choir conductor since 1995. During 2003-2011 Wedar was employed at Stockholms Musikgymnasium teaching choral singing. Wedar has been working with some of the most notable choirs in Stockholm, among them Eric Ericsson Chamber Choir and the Swedish Radio Choir.

 

Turun konservatorio kamarikuoro, conductor Esko Kallio (FINLAND)

The Turku Conservatory Chamber Choir was founded in 2003. Master of Music Esko Kallio became the artistic director of the choir in 2013 after Timo Lehtovaara and Markus Yli-Jokipii. The Turku Conservatory Chamber Choir has collaborated with several orchestras, such as the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Sigyn Sinfonietta and the Navy Band. The Turku Conservatory Chamber Choir has toured both in Finland and abroad. In 2015, the choir was awarded three gold stamps at the international Tampere Vocal Music Festival. In the spring of 2013, the choir received a special award for the performance of a piece by a living European composer in the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition in Cork, Ireland.

Esko Kallio studied at the Department of Choir Conducting at Sibelius Academy and completed his degree in 2004. Kallio has conducted and worked with numerous professional and amateur choirs, both in Finland and abroad. He has taught choir conducting at Sibelius Academy and various master classes. Kallio received the Young Conductor’s Award in The International Leevi Madetoja Male Voice Choir Competition in 2000 and the Conductor’s Prize at the Tampere Vocal Music Festival in 2003. Kallio has appeared as a judge in several ensemble and choral competitions. In addition to the Turku Conservatory Chamber Choir, Kallio is the conductor of the Espoo-based youth choir Candomino and Suomen Laulu.  

For competition choirs

For competition choirs

THE MANDATORY COMPETITION PIECE

Sheet music
Only legal sheet music may be used in the competition. Either original published sheet music or legally approved manuscript copies are permitted. Five copies of each competition repertoire piece excluding the mandatory piece (Riikka Talvitie / Même mort ) must be delivered to the Competition Coordinator by 25 April 2016.
Terhi Luukkonen
Sibelius Academy
P.O.Box 38
FI-00097 Uniarts
Finland

 

 

Riikka Talvitie: Même mort (2002) III Mais je suis mort (Margarita Duras: Hiroshima mon amour)
Sheet music can be ordered from Sulasol: http://www.sulasol.fi/en/sheet/

Kilpailuaikataulu

The competition order for the preliminary round will be drawn on Friday at 9.00. The competition order will be published on this site immediately after the draw ceremony.
 
15.00-19.00   First round Sonore                     
  • Choir 1   15.05
  • Choir 2   15.25
  • Choir 3   15.45
  • Choir 4   16.05
 
Intermission 16.25-16.55
  • Choir 5   16.55
  • Choir 6   17.15
  • Choir 7   17.35
 
Intermission 17.55-18.15
  • Choir 8   18.15
  • Choir 9   18.35
 
The first round will end approximately 18.55.

About the competition

The International Harald Andersén Chamber Choir Competition has been held every three years since 2003. This high-quality competition is open to any mixed choir with 16 to 40 singers, with no limitations on nationality. The choir may include professional singers. The Competition was named after pioneering Finnish choral conductor Harald Andersén (1919–2001).


The IV International Harald Andersén Chamber Choir Competition took place in September 2012. The winner was Youth Choir Maska from Latvia, conducted by Janis Ozol. The third Competition was held in September 2009, with 1st prize being awarded to Hymnia Chamber Choir from Denmark, conducted by Flemming Windekilde. In the second Competititon in September 2006, no 1st prize was awarded; shared 2nd prize went to the Sofia Vocal Ensemble from Sweden, conducted by Bengt Ollén, and the Victoria Chamber Choir from Hungary, conducted by Ádám Cser. In the first Competition in August 2003, 1st prize was awarded to the EMO Ensemble from Finland, conducted by Pasi Hyökki.

The Competition is organised by the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki.

Previous competitions

Competition 2012

Competition 2012

Results 2012

I prize 15 000 €

  • Youth Choir Maska

II prize 9 000 €

  • Concert Clemens

III prize (shared)

  • 3 000 € Kammerchor CONSONO
  • 3 000 € Sankt Jacobs Ungdomskör

Special prize from the Society of Finnish Composers of 1 000 € for the best performance of the mandatory competition piece Readymade Alice (by Perttu Haapanen): Youth Choir Maska


Juryt 2012

Jonathan Rathbone (Great Britain, chair), Georg Grün (Germany), Pasi Hyökki (Finland), Cecilia Rydinger Alin (Sweden), John Storgårds (Finland)

Competition 2009

Competition 2009

Results 2009

I prize 15 000 €

  • Kammerkoret Hymnia (Denmark)

II prize 9 000 €

  • Voces Musicales (Estonia)

III prize (shared)

  • 3 000 € Choros Amici (Great Britain)
  • 3 000 € New Dublin Voices (Ireland)

Hufvudstadsbladet's special prize for the best performance of the mandatory competition piece (1 000 €) New Dublin Voices (Ireland)

 

Participating choirs in 2009

Choirs accepted to the competition in 2009 were:

  • Addictio / Anna Toivakka (Finland)
  • Choros Amici / Chris Mallinson (Great Britain)
  • Kamarikuoro Kaamos / Dani Juris (Finland)
  • Kammerkoret Hymnia / Flemming Windekilde (Denmark)
  • New Dublin Voices / Bernie Sherlock (Ireland)
  • Schola Cantorum / Tone Bianca Dahl (Norway)
  • S:t Johannes Kammarkör / Karin Oldgren (Sweden)
  • Voces Musicales / Risto Joost (Estonia)
  • Voces Nordicae / Lone Larsen (Sweden)
  • Youth Choir Maska / Jānis Ozols (Latvia)

Jury 2009

Karmina Šilec (Slovenia), Nils Schweckendiek (Germany/Finland), Mats Nilsson (Sweden), Kaspars Putniņš (Latvia, chair)

Competitiion 2006

Competitiion 2006

Results 2006

II prize (shared, no first prize was awarded)

  • 8 000 € Sofia Vocal Ensemble, Sweden
  • 8 000 € Victoria Chamber Choir, Hungary

III prize 4 000 €

  • Grex Musicus, Finland

Participatin choirs in 2006

  • The Esoterics / Eric Banks (USA)
  • Grex Musicus / Marjukka Riihimäki (Finland)
  • Jubilate / Astrid Riska (Finland)
  • Junges Vokalensemble Hannover / Klaus-Jürgen Etzold (Germany)
  • Komorni Zbor Ave / Andraž Hauptman (Slovenia)
  • Sofia Vocal Ensemble / Bengt Ollén (Sweden)
  • Tritonuksen laulajat / Markus Yli-Jokipii (Finland)
  • Victoria Chamber Choir / Ádám Cser (Hungary)

Jury 2006

Frieder Bernius (Germany, chair), Tõnu Kaljuste (Estonia), Stephen Cleobury (Great Britain), Hannu Norjanen (Finland), Stefan Parkman (Sweden)

Competition 2003

Competition 2003

Results 2003

I prize 10 000 €

  • EMO Ensemble, Finland

II prize 5 000 €

  • Choros Amici, Great Britain

III prize 3 000 €  

  • Kamarikuoro Kampin Laulu, Finland


Harald Andersén fund, Finnish Cultural Foundation

  • conductor prize 1 000 €: Pasi Hyökki (EMO Ensemble)
  • best performance of contemporary Finnish music 1 000 €: EMO Ensemble (Works by Esa-Pekka Salonen)

Special prize: EMO Ensemble won Vaggvisa for mixed choir, a commissioned composition by Lauri Kilpiö. The winning choir has the right to give a first performance to this piece by the end of year 2004.
The city of Kerava and the Kerava parish also awarded the most successful Finnish participating choir, EMO Ensemble, with a concert opportunity in the Kerava concert hall as a part of Helmimusiikkia concert series in February 2004. 

Participating choirs 2003

  • Audite / Jani Sivén (Finland)
  • Bielsko Chamber Choir / Beata Borowska (Poland)
  • Choros Amici / Chris Mallinson (England)
  • Coro Misto / Søren Birch (Denmark)
  • EMO Ensemble / Pasi Hyökki (Finland)
  • Grex Musicus / Marjukka Riihimäki (Finland)
  • Kamarikuoro Kampin Laulu / Timo Lehtovaara (Finland)
  • Lipetsk Chamber Choir / Igor Tsilin (Russia)
  • Radion kamarikuoro / Timo Nuoranne (Finland)
  • Tartu Jaani Kiriku Kammerkoor / Lilyan Kaiv (Estonia)
  • Vocalisti Rostochienses / Dagmar Gatz (Germany)

Jury 2003

Tõnu Kaljuste (Estonia, jury), Erkki Pohjola (Finland), Eric Ericson (Sweden), Astrid Riska (Finland), Matti Hyökki (Finland)

Cooperation partner

 
Pension Insurance Company Elo is Sibelius Academy´s cooperation partner and main cooperative partner of the international Harald Andersén chamber choir competition.
 
 
Svenska kulturfonden supports the organization of the event

Contact information

Contact information:

Terhi Luukkonen
Secretary general
+358 40 710 4368
terhi.luukkonen@uniarts.fi
www.uniarts.fi/harald-andersen-choir-competition-2016