Matthew Whittall has been commissioned to compose a work for the National Viola Competition in Tampere in September. Lasting ten minutes, it will be scored for flute, viola and harp. The Piano Concerto commissioned from him by PianoEspoo is to be premiered in November this year. The soloist will be Risto-Matti Marin, an active ambassador of Whittall’s music. On March 6 he gave the premiere US performance of Whittall’s piano suite Leaves of Grass in New York.