International Markku Johansson competition in composition and arrangement
THIS UNIQUE COMPETITION IS APPROACHING THE HOME STRETCH
Launched by the Vantaa Pops Orchestra last autumn, the Markku Johansson competition in composition and arrangement will close in four months. Compositions and arrangements for the full symphony orchestra may be lodged until 15 June 2018. This competition is unique even by international standards, and the expectations are high.
This international competition is open to everyone, and it will be judged by Jaakko Kuusisto (conductor and the chair of the jury), Hans Ek (conductor, Sweden), Antti Rissanen (renowned trombone player and a big band professional) as well as Markku Johansson, the honorary conductor of the Vantaa Pops Orchestra.
The finalists chosen by the jury will be performed in the final concert, conducted by Nick Davies, on 17 September 2018 in the home town of the Orchestra. The jury will also decide on how the prize money of 18 000 euros is divided between the two categories and the entries within them.
”The aim of this competition is to find new, high quality and recognisable light music for the full symphony orchestra, of the kind which orchestras around the world would like to include in their repertoire”, says Markku Johansson.
”This competition is unique in that there are two categories, it does not cost anything to participate and it provides an opportunity to try out ideas with a large orchestra without any limitations imposed from outside. The expectations have grown over the months: the significance of this unique competition may well punch above its weight”, Jussi Lampela, the competition secretary, observes.
Vantaa Pops Orchestra is the oldest symphony orchestra that plays popular music in Finland. Its players are among the top musicians in rock, classical music and jazz. Its principal conductor, Nick Davies, has worked with several well-known symphony orchestras around the world. The artistic partner of the Orchestra is Lauri Porra, a great-grandchild of Jean Sibelius, who has toured the world with the band Stratovarius.