Kalevi Aho at 70

Kalevi Aho will be 70 on 9 March 2019. There will be no fewer than 12 premieres during 2019, starting with the Concerto for Two Bassoons composed on the initiative of Bram van Sambeek (premiered on 18 January by the Warsaw Philharmonic), and followed the next day by Kirje tuolle puolen (A Letter to the Netherworld) for strings by the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. On 9 May, the Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano will receive its world premiere by the Antwerp Symphony and the Storioni Trio, and the next day the Lapland Chamber Orchestra and Ismo Eskelinen will play Aho's new Guitar Concerto. The Lahti Symphony will also celebrate Aho by premiering his 17th Symphony on 4 April.