Finnish Composer’s Double Concerto for Violin and Percussion to Obtain Premiere

(Picture credit score: Ghadi Boustani)


Finland’s Lahti Symphony Orchestra will premiere Kalevi Aho’s Concerto for Viola, Percussion, and Orchestra. 

To be held at Sibelius Home live performance corridor within the night, this double concerto might be performed by Lahti Symphony’s principal visitor conductor Anja Bihlmaier, with Hiyoli Togawa on viola, and Alexej Gerassimez on percussion.

This premiere might be adopted by Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9 within the live performance program. An extended-time collaborator with the Lahti Symphony, Aho was appointed as its composer-in-residence in 1992 and have become honorary composer in 2011.

“[It is] all the time a landmark when a brand new murals sees the sunshine of day,” the Lahti Symphony wrote on their web site. “The solo concert events of Kalevi Aho will proceed right this moment with a uncommon ensemble — when viola and percussion [meets] in an explosive mixture.”

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This double concerto is one in all 4 new concertos by Aho receiving premieres between February and March 2022. 

Along with the premiere of his double concerto for viola and percussion, Aho’s Piccolo Clarinet Concerto Simplicus simplicissimus might be premiered by the Kuopio Metropolis Orchestra. This might be adopted by The Helsinki Philharmonic premiering his Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra; and his Concerto for Alto Flute and Strings might be premiered in Skopje, Macedonia. 


Born in 1949, Aho started studying music at age 10. He studied violin and composition at Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy with Einojuhani Rautavaara and with Boris Blacher at Germany’s Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst.

Between 1974 and 1988, he taught musicology at Helsinki College, and from 1988 to 1993, he served as a professor of composition on the Sibelius Academy. As of 1993, he grew to become a contract composer. 


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