Seven works nominated for 2024 Teosto Prize

Seven new works of music, published or premiered in 2023, have been nominated for the 2024 Teosto Prize. The nominees include two contemporary composers, Outi Tarkiainen and Minna Leinonen, as well as instrumental rock band Tinyhawk & Bizzarro, electronic artist Orvokki, trumpeter-composer Verneri Pohjola, rapper Melo and singer-songwriter-violinist Vilma Jää.

The nominees for the 2024 Teosto Prize were selected from Finnish works of music published or premiered in 2023. The Teosto Prize, which was first awarded in 2003 and is now being awarded for the 19th time, is one of the most noteworthy art prizes in the Nordic countries. The purpose of the prize is to recognise bold, original and innovative works of music.

The Teosto Prize’s prize money of EUR 40,000 can be divided among a maximum of four winning works. If only one winner is selected, the prize money will be EUR 25,000. All the nominated works and collections of works were published or premiered in 2023.

The nominees for the 2024 Teosto Prize:

  • Niko Katavainen and his team’s works on MELO’s album m<3lo
  • Outi Tarkiainen’s composition Polar Pearls, concerto for chamber orchestra
  • Minna Leinonen’s composition …and we are rotating with it
  • Jenni Kinnunen’s compositions and Jenni Kinnunen and her team’s arrangements on Tinyhawk & Bizzarro’s album Nekorok
  • Orvokki Oittila’s works on Orvokki’s album Kasvotusten
  • Verneri Pohjola’s compositions on the album Monkey Mind
  • Vilma Jää and Mikko Renfors’s compositions, Vilma Jää’s lyrics and Vilma Jää, Mikko Renfors, Hanna Ryynänen and their team’s arrangements on Vilma Jää’s album Kosto

The nominees were selected by a preliminary selection panel consisting of journalist Katri Norrlin (Chair), journalist and radio host Laura Vähähyyppä, DJ and researcher Mikko Mattlar, PhD, and blogger Pasi Virtanen aka Jazzpossu, as well as journalists Sonja Saarikoski, Auli Särkiö-Pitkänen and Oskari Onninen.

“This time, the nominated works include original pop music, inspired instrumental music, big melodies and powerful themes. The list of nominees shows what a wide range of particularly interesting and distinctive music was published in Finland last year,” says Katri Norrlin, the Chair of the preliminary selection panel.

The winner or winners of the Teosto Prize will be selected from the nominees by a five-person panel of judges, which consists of the winners of the 2023 Teosto Prize Tapio Lappalainen, Helmi Kajaste aka Draama-Helmi and Mikko Sarvanne as well as members invited by Teosto’s management team, Spotify Finland's music editor Ida Karimaa and lecturer (pop / jazz vocal music) and songwriter Aija Puurtinen, DMus. The winners will be announced in mid-April.


Read more about the nominees for the Teosto Prize 2024