Paavo Heininen turned 80 on 13 January 2018. He is a central figure of the Finnish music scene with his career as a composer and teacher of the new composer generation.
Heininen's works are being heard during the year in several concerts, e.g. on his birthday at the Järvenpää Hall. New works are also in the pipeline. He has, among other things, written duos for every orchestral instrument and piano, composed six string quartets and written a lot of piano pieces, many of which have not been premiered yet.