Zesses Seglias wins the Rautavaara Competition

Jury awarded the Einojuhani Rautavaara Prize to Zesses Seglias. The Prize consists of a cash prize of 5000 euros plus a commission to write a work for the Helsinki Chamber Choir, worth 3000 euros.


The audience also voted for their favourite. The audience prize was awarded to Mike Solomon.


"To give them [the participants] the possibility to work with such a choir which works on the highest professional level – you can't imagine how much it means for a young composer. We all [the jury] were impressed by the high level of the compositions."

-Beat Furrer, Chairman of the competition jury


Press release 7 July 2012 (in Finnish)


Concluding concert 7 July 2012

Helsinki Chamber Choir
Nils Schweckendiek, conductor

Sat 7.7.2012 at 20.00
Viitasaari Church

At the conclusion of the final concert, an international
jury will award the Einojuhani Rautavaara Prize, which
consists of a cash prize of 5000 euros plus a commission
to write a work for the Helsinki Chamber Choir, worth
3000 euros. In addition, the winning Competition entry
will be performed during the Helsinki Chamber Choir’s
2012/13 season.

More info on the Time of Music homepage.

Attend the Workshop as an observer

A limited number of observers can be admitted to the four choral sessions of the Rautavaara Workshop on 20 and 21 February.  Admittance is only possible at the start of each session.  Please reserve places in advance by emailing competition (at) helsinkichamberchoir (dot) fi

Payment of the admission fee (15€ for adults, 10€ for students and other concessions) entitles you to attend between one and all four sessions.

Session times:
Monday 20 February 11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm
Tuesday 21 February 10am-12noon and 1.30pm-3.30pm

Location: German Church (Saksalainen kirkko), Unioninkatu 1, Helsinki

Participants for the Workshop and Competition selected (3 November 2011)

The Jury selected 6 participants from 32 applications:


Jouni Hirvelä (Finland)

SukJu Na (South Korea)

Zisis Segklias (Greece)

Evelin Seppar (Estonia)

Mike Solomon (USA)

Gabriele Vanoni (Italy)




The Competition is organised in association with the Helsinki Chamber Choir and the Viitasaari Time of Music Festival.


Founder and Artistic Director: Nils Schweckendiek.


The International Einojuhani Rautavaara Chamber Choir Composition Workshop and Competition is an opportunity for young composers to work intensively with a professional chamber choir, using and developing the expressive possibilities of an ensemble of professional singers. Applications are invited from composers of any nationality born between 1 February 1977 and 31 January 1994 inclusive.


Participants will have the chance to work with the Helsinki Chamber Choir and two renowned composers in a Workshop before writing their final work for the Competition. The Competition will take place at the Viitasaari Time of Music Festival on 6-7 July 2012. At the conclusion of the final concert, an international jury will award the Einojuhani Rautavaara Prize to the composer of the work it deems the best.


Participants will receive free accommodation and a contribution towards their travel expenses.



The Prize


The Rules

Teaching Staff and Jury





Competition Manager Martti Anttila:

competition (at) helsinkichamberchoir (dot) fi




Patron: Einojuhani Rautavaara, composer


Nils Schweckendiek, Artistic Director

Martti Anttila, Helsinki Chamber Choir

Perttu Haapanen, Time of Music

Minna Huuskonen, Time of Music

Markus Fagerudd, composer


Supported by


Taiteen keskustoimikunta (Arts Council of Finland)

Suomen Kulttuurirahasto (Finnish Cultural Foundation)

Svenska kulturfonden (Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland)