Kimmo Hakola awarded

The Finnish Music Publishers Association has chosen Kimmo Hakola as Classical Composer of the Year. In defending its choice on 5 September it said: "He is a fine artist who makes no compromises with his creative self. A strong inner vision combined with what he feels to be the right end result is, for him, a more important source of creativity and incentive than any external pressure. A widely cultured person, he also expends much of his creative energy helping and supporting both his colleagues and the whole of our community in what he does."