Final concert: Helsinki International Big Band Composing

The event has ended.

Conductor Antti Rissanen

The final concert of Helsinki International Big Band Composing Contest will be held as a live stream concert from Savoy Theatre, Helsinki on Friday 4th of June, 2021, at 6 pm (UTC+2). Watch for free at UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra’s YouTube channel or at live or later. The on-demand can be watched at until 18 June and at UMO Helsinki YouTube channel until 31 August.

The composing contest received a record number of compositions: a total of 76 composers from 22 countries and 4 continents. The finalists will be published on 31 May after an anonymous pre-qualification round. The UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra will play the compositions in the final concert with conductor Antti Rissanen.

The jury includes American composer and big band leader Bob Mintzer, composer and harpist Iro Haarla, UMO’s artistic director and chief conductor Ed Partyka and conductor Antti Rissanen. The first prize is 3000, second prize 2000 and third prize 1000 euros.

The final concert will be produced in co-operation with UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra, Finnish Big Band Association and Savoy Theatre.

Duration about 2,5–3 hours.