Composed for Uusinta Ensemble/ Time of Music 2019
Publisher Gehrmans Musikförlag
Opus number 66
Category Chamber music
Year 2019
Duration 12 min
Instrumentation violin, viola, cello

Program note

The Latin word “nisus” means effort, pressure and strain. With this string trio I try to describe in music, what I think anxiety sounds like. A heavy pressure on you chest which paralyzes you, and your evasive thoughts of all kinds that sometimes lead to shouts of despair. With mental illness just as with other illnesses, you can’t imagine what it is like unless you have experienced it. And even if you have – every person has their own very personal experience. This piece is dedicated to every person suffering of mental illness.

Nisus was composed for Uusinta Ensemble and premiered at the contemporary music festival Time of Music 2019 in Viitasaari.


2019 July 7th World premiere  performed by Uusinta Ensemble at Time of music – More info

2019 August 2nd at the Kokonainen Festival More info

CANCELLED – Performance on the 14th of December 2021 in Turku – More info

CANCELLED – Performance on the 19th of December 2021 in Espoo – More info

2022 August 20th at the Tampering FestivalMore info

2022 September 18th at Kumpulan Kamarikonsertti by Nome QuartetMore info

2023 February 6th Swedish premiere performed by Norrbotten NEOMore info

2023 July 31st at Korsholm Music FestivalMore info

2023 December 4th at Kino Soi!More info