One of the absolute highlights of the autumn season is the world premiere performance of a work commissioned by the Kymi Sinfonietta from Kalevi Aho, to be heard in Finland, at the Kotka Concert Hall at 19 on Wednesday November 30 and at the Kuusankoski Hall at 19 on Thursday December 1. Familiar to our audiences as chairman of the jury of the International Uuno Composition Competition, Kalevi Aho – one of the Finnish composers most in demand in the world – wrote the Violin Concerto for us, and our soloist is the superb Finnish violinist Elina Vähälä. The premiere will be preceded by works by master composers from previous centuries: the delightful Bear Symphony by Joseph Haydn and the charmingly beautiful Masques et Bergamasques by Gabriel Fauré. The conductor is electrifying Eugene Tzigane.
This premiere is most eagerly awaited, for the Kymi Sinfonietta has long been hoping Kalevi Aho will write a new work for it to play. A very busy composer, and one in great demand, he managed to find time in his schedule for the commission and the orchestra is more than happy to collaborate with one of the greatest composers in the world today.
“Getting the very most out of the violin”
Says Kalevi Aho of his concerto:“It’s a violin concerto in three movements on the traditional classical scheme, but it doesn’t sound traditional. It’s a concerto in the grand style, and extremely demanding for the soloist. In other words, it gets the very most out of the violin. I have tested all the solo parts in the concerto by playing them myself on the violin. The solo part is really difficult. The concerto is scored for an orchestral ensemble such as the Kymi Sinfonietta plus a couple of extras, such as a euphonium. It has been composed to suit both a large symphony orchestra and an ensemble of sinfonietta size. It really is a large-format concerto.”
Pre-concert meeting with Kalevi Aho
Kalevi Aho will be attending both concerts and audiences can meet him before the concerts. He will be talking about the process of composing the violin concerto and his career as a composer at the Laulumiestalo in Kotka from 17.45 to 18.30 on Wednesday November 30 and in the Hirvelä meeting room on the upper floor of the Kuusankoski Hall from 17.45 to 18.30 on Thursday December 1.