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The Queen Elisabeth Competition has commissioned the imposed work for the final of the 2019 Violin Competition to Kimmo Hakola. For the first time, the Executive Committee of the Competition decided to communicate the name of the composer of the imposed work in the final before the opening of the session so that the musicians and the public can discover the world of the composer on beforehand. The name of the work will be revealed just before the final round of the 2019 Violin Competition.


Kimmo Hakola (born 27 July 1958) studied at the Sibelius Academy under Einojuhani Rautavaara and Eero Hämeenniemi. He entered the limelight at the end of the 1980s after his success at the Unesco Composers' Rostrum. In 1987 he won the Rostrum with his String Quartet and in 1991 with his Capriole for cello and clarinet.

His music has been performed at several major music events and festivals, and portrait concerts of his works have been held e.g. in Los Angeles (Monday Evening Concerts) and New York (Miller Theatre, Broadway). His oeuvre was also broadly presented at the Stockholm International Composer’s Festival in 2008.

The works he writes usually attract exceptional interest. He is a creator of intense musical dramas that recognize no stylistic or expressive limits. His music is a combination of exciting dramatic power and exceptional musical quality and musicianship is manifest in all his achievements resulting in communicativeness and richness of sound that speak of the composer's delight at discovering his very own idiom.

Kimmo Hakola has composed six operas: The Mastersingers of Mars (a delightful cartoon opera including elements unusual for an opera, 2000), The Mustard Seed (2000), The Rolling Stone (2008), Mara and Katti (a family opera, 2011), La Fenice (commissioned by the Savonlinna Opera Festival, 2011) and Akseli (a monologue opera, 2012). His work list also includes orchestral works and concertos for different instruments. The Piano Concerto premiered at the Helsinki Festival in 1996 is an unprecedented work in new Finnish music in its expressive range, variety of styles and massive scope. The Clarinet Concerto has been a roaring success and it has been performed several times since the premiere in 2001. The Chamber Concerto commissioned by Present Music was premiered in Milwaukee, USA in March 2002. He has also composed concertos for oboe, flute, electric kantele and guitar. The Violin Concerto (2012) was a co-commission between the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic and John Storgårds. The latest addition to the list is the Double Concerto for Violin and Viola (2017), commissioned by the Tapiola Sinfonietta.

His other orchestral works include a Sinfonietta (1999), Verdoyances crepuscules (2003), Maro (commissioned by the Swedish Radio and Berwald Hall for a performance at the Baltic Sea Festival in August 2006) and KIMM (commissioned by the Stockholm International Composer’s Festival in 2008). Kimmo Hakola was also commissioned to write music to the Finnish silent film Tukkijoella, a project that was completed in 2013 and premiered by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. His latest orchestral works include Symphony No. 1 commissioned and premiered by the Finnish RSO in December 2018.

His large scale works include two oratorios. Le Sacrifice is tied in closely with the film of Andrei Tarkovsky. It was commissioned by Ircam for a performance in Paris in November 2002, and a new, revised version was heard in Helsinki in 2005. Le Sacrifice was one of the three winners of the first Teosto Prize awarded by the Finnish Composers' Copyright Society in 2003. The other oratorio Song of Songs was premiered on 20 October 2006 at the International Choral Espoo festival. He has also written works for mixed choir, and his recent addition to the genre is a 60-minute fantasia De kaspiska tigrarnas Gud (2013).

Kimmo Hakola has also written vocal and choral music as well as chamber works, the weightiest of them being his four  string quartets, the Clarinet Quintet (1998) and the Wind Quintet ‘Compressions’ (2017). His chamber works include the Kivi Songs (Kivi-laulut, 2007), Leonardo Etudes for guitar (2007), Kal for electric harp, electronics and chamber ensemble (2008) and Appassionato for cello and piano (2009). Kimmo Hakola has been the composer-in-residence of the Joensuu City Orchestra. Apart from composing he has also turned towards conducting and acting as a performing artist.

Kimmo Hakola has been the Artistic Director of the Musica nova festival in 1999-2006, the Helsinki Chamber Choir in 2005-2007 and the Lux musicae festival since 2015-2018. Sought after also in administrative capacities, he is a professional board member in several corporations and a consultant of new operating models for international operators in the field of arts. He received the Music Publishers Association's Composer of the Year Award in 2018.

Kimmo Hakola's works have been recorded by Ondine and Innova Records.
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COMPOSITION 2012Member of the jury
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Final 2019 : Luke Hsu
Monday 20 May 2019 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Kimmo Hakola : Fidl Op.99 Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Concerto in D major op. 35 Allegro moderato | Canzonetta | Allegro vivacissimo Soloist : Luke Hsu Orchestra : Belgian National Orchestra Conductor : Hugh Wolff
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Final 2019 : Sylvia Huang
Monday 20 May 2019 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Kimmo Hakola : Fidl Op.99 Antonín Dvořák : Concerto in A minor op. 53 Allegro ma non troppo | Adagio ma non troppo | Allegro giocoso ma non troppo Soloist : Sylvia Huang Orchestra : Belgian National Orchestra Conductor : Hugh Wolff
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Final 2019 : Stephen Kim
Tuesday 21 May 2019 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Kimmo Hakola : Fidl Op.99 Johannes Brahms : Concerto in D major op. 77 Allegro non troppo | Adagio | Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace Soloist : Stephen Kim Orchestra : Belgian National Orchestra Conductor : Hugh Wolff
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Final 2019 : Ji Won Song
Tuesday 21 May 2019 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Kimmo Hakola : Fidl Op.99 Jean Sibelius : Concerto in D minor op. 47 Allegro moderato | Adagio di molto | Allegro ma non tanto Soloist : Ji Won Song Orchestra : Belgian National Orchestra Conductor : Hugh Wolff
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Finale 2019 : Seiji Okamoto
Wednesday 22 May 2019 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Kimmo Hakola : Fidl Op.99 Jean Sibelius : Concerto in D minor op. 47 Allegro moderato | Adagio di molto | Allegro ma non tanto Soloist : Seiji Okamoto Orchestra : Belgian National Orchestra Conductor : Hugh Wolff
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Final 2019 : Ioana Cristina Goicea
Wednesday 22 May 2019 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Kimmo Hakola : Fidl Op.99 Dmitry Shostakovich : Concerto n. 1 in A minor op. 77 Nocturne | Scherzo | Passacaglia | Burlesque Soloist : Ioana Cristina Goicea Orchestra : Belgian National Orchestra Conductor : Hugh Wolff
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Finale 2019 : Júlia Pusker
Thursday 23 May 2019 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Kimmo Hakola : Fidl Op.99 Ludwig van Beethoven : Concerto in D major op. 61 Allegro ma non troppo | Larghetto | Rondo: allegro Soloist : Júlia Pusker Orchestra : Belgian National Orchestra Conductor : Hugh Wolff
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Finale 2019 : Yukiko Uno
Thursday 23 May 2019 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Kimmo Hakola : Fidl Op.99 Johannes Brahms : Concerto in D major op. 77 Allegro non troppo | Adagio | Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace Soloist : Yukiko Uno Orchestra : Belgian National Orchestra Conductor : Hugh Wolff
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Finale 2019 : Stella Chen
Friday 24 May 2019 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Kimmo Hakola : Fidl Op.99 Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Concerto in D major op. 35 Allegro moderato | Canzonetta | Allegro vivacissimo Soloist : Stella Chen Orchestra : Belgian National Orchestra Conductor : Hugh Wolff
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Final 2019 : Timothy Chooi
Friday 24 May 2019 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Kimmo Hakola : Fidl Op.99 Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Concerto in D major op. 35 Allegro moderato | Canzonetta | Allegro vivacissimo Soloist : Timothy Chooi Orchestra : Belgian National Orchestra Conductor : Hugh Wolff
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Final 2019 : Shannon Lee
Saturday 25 May 2019 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Kimmo Hakola : Fidl Op.99 Pyotr Tchaikovsky : Concerto in D major op. 35 Allegro moderato | Canzonetta | Allegro vivacissimo Soloist : Shannon Lee Orchestra : Belgian National Orchestra Conductor : Hugh Wolff Due to a technical problem with the electricity in the concert hall, a few minutes of this video are missing (54:00 - 57:38). Our apologies.
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Finale 2019 : Eva Rabchevska
Saturday 25 May 2019 Centre for Fine Arts/Salle Henry Le Boeuf Kimmo Hakola : Fidl Op.99 Johannes Brahms : Concerto in D major op. 77 Allegro non troppo | Adagio | Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace Soloist : Eva Rabchevska Orchestra : Belgian National Orchestra Conductor : Hugh Wolff
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Audio
Final 2019 : Luke Hsu
Final 2019 : Sylvia Huang
Final 2019 : Stephen Kim
Final 2019 : Ioana Cristina Goicea
Finale 2019 : Júlia Pusker
Finale 2019 : Yukiko Uno
Finale 2019 : Stella Chen
Final 2019 : Timothy Chooi
Finale 2019 : Eva Rabchevska
Final 2019 : Shannon Lee
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