Paavo Heininen died on 18 January 2022. His unparallel creativity and intellect will be greatly missed. Heininen was a prolific composer whose oeuvre ranges from solo pieces and chamber music to large-scale works such as the operas The Knife and The Damask Drum. He is also known for his valuable work as Professor of Composition at the Sibelius Academy. Heininen's work as a symphonist was an essential part of his career. He composed two symphonies (Nos. 7 and 8) and several other pieces during recent years. Many of them have not been premiered yet such as the eight symphony which was to be his last.