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Book on Finnish Orchestra Conductors Wins Tieto Finlandia Prize

Author Vesa Sirén won the prestigious non-fiction prize on Thursday for his work on famous Finnish conductors. The 30,000 euro prize was presented by Doctor of Political Science Sinikka Salo, who chose this year’s winner.

Tieto-Finlandian voittanut Vesa Sirén pitämässä kiitospuhetta palkintojenjakotilaisuudessa.
Tieto-Finlandian voittanut Vesa Sirén pitämässä kiitospuhetta palkintojenjakotilaisuudessa. Image: Yle

According to Salo, Sirén’s book gives insight into the phenomenon of the Finnish conductor. With internationally renowned conductors such as Sibelius, Salonen, Kajanus and Franck, Finland has excelled in this cultural area. Salo found the hefty 1000-page tome to be a great read, with exciting interviews and insights into the artistic process. The book exposes the daily routine and discipline required for success as well as an all-permeating love for music. Salo also considered the book to be an inspiring educational resource.

Sinikka Salo chose the winner out of six nominees. The Finnish Book Foundation has been giving the prize since 1989 in recognition of outstanding Finnish non-fiction or textbooks.

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