ICE wins the Teosto Prize 2022

Very happy to share with you that my piece ICE has won the Teosto Prize alongside works of Yona, Linda Fredriksson, and Eevil Stöö. More information on Teosto’s website and at Music Finland.

Teosto Prize winners 2022: Evil Stöö, Cecilia Damström, Linda Fredriksson and Yona. Photo by Jussi Helttunen

ICE creates cinematic, powerful and threatening images that flow as the orchestra’s strong expressions convey the events with the certainty of a force of nature. The symphony orchestra’s various instrument groups form large and uniform masses of sound that churn and hiss until fading into the skyward sounds of a harp. Even though the work is a strong statement on climate change and forms a whole with an ice sculpture designed by the architect Erkko Aarti, the composition can also stand on its own as a powerful work of music.

Teosto Prize Jury: artist Jesse Markin and composer and producer Totte Rautiainen, as well as members invited by Teosto’s management team, Rector of the University of the Arts Helsinki Kaarlo Hildén and journalist Maria Veitola.