Matthew Whittall has been commissioned to write the obligatory piece for the Banff International String Quartet Competition in August 2019. Another work to be premiered next year is the commission from Musica Nova Helsinki for the Crash Ensemble (world premiere on 2 February, in Helsinki).
Paavo Heininen is composing a piece for violin and orchestra as a commission from the St. Michel Strings. There will be two performances: on 23 May in Mikkeli and 24 May in Helsinki. The piece is entitled Sinfonia concertante da camera Op. 144, and the soloist will be Kaija Saarikettu.