Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Susanna Mälkki, Verneri Pohjola

Event Introduction

How could one play the trumpet to represent the sound of someone falling into a deep well and hitting the walls on the way down? That is one of the questions that composer Kaija Saariaho asked trumpeter Verneri Pohjola during their collaboration since early 2022. The collaboration culminates with the premiere of Saariaho’s last work, trumpet concerto HUSH, at Helsinki Festival.

All possible superlatives have been used to describe Saariaho, and she has also been voted the most significant composer of our time. Pohjola has received praise for being unique, and he has gained worldwide fame. Even though Pohjola is already known for testing the limits of his instrument, the new concerto requires him to push his expression even further. “The work requires more control than anything before it”, he explains.

The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Susanna Mälkki, who is the world’s foremost Saariaho interpreter. In addition to HUSH, the concert includes Gustav Mahler’s last completed symphony, No. 9.

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Susanna Mälkki, conductor
Verneri Pohjola, trumpet


Kaija Saariaho: HUSH, trumpet concerto, premiere
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9

HUSH is commissioned by Helsinki Festival, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Phiharmonique de Radio France, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Asko|Schönberg



Classical and Contemporary Music



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Event Information

  • Time:

    • Thu 24.8.2023 19:00

    • Fri 25.8.2023 19:00

    • Duration: 2 h 30 min, interval

  • Address:

    Helsinki Music Centre, Concert Hall
    00100 Helsinki

  • Tickets:

    25–54,50 / 17,50–52 € (Ticketmaster)


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