Kimmo Pohjonen, Pekka Kuusisto and Vladimir Shafranov nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize

Violin player Pekka Kuusisto,  accordion player Kimmo Pohjonen and pianist Vladimir Shafranov have been nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize. Shafranov is a Russian born pianist who has been living in Finland since the 1970’s.

The Nordic Council Music Prize 2013 will go to a small or large ensemble or an individual musician whose musical activity must be characterised as innovative and of a high artistic and technical standard. In making the assessment it is important to have continuity in the work as well as the work being regarded as innovative within its musical genre.

The winner of the Nordic Council Music Prize will be announced in Olso in October 2013.

The 12 nominees are:

Theatre of Voices (Denmark)
Efterklang (Denmark)
Eivør Pálsdóttir (The Faroe Islands / Denmark)
Pekka Kuusisto (Finland)
Kimmo Pohjonen (Finland)
Vladimir Shafranov (Åland / Finland)
Nordic Affect (Iceland)
Mezzoforte (Iceland)
Håkon Austbø (Norway)
Maja Ratkje (Norway)
Trio ZPR (Sweden)
The Knife (Sweden)