Eight days, eight concerts

Helsyd Piano Trio

Helsyd Piano Trio, en route to Hong Kong and Macau, kicks off their tour here in Helsinki on Sunday, 3 pm, at Klassinen hietsu, with a program featuring some new and old music of mine, followed by a performance of my Cello Concerto at the Temple in the Rock at 6 pm by Markus Hallikainen and the Sipoo Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Tapio von Boehm (also performed in Sipoo on Saturday at 4 PM). Meanwhile, pianist Maija Parko is playing my Toccata at a #Suomi100 concert in Kirkkonummi the same day. It’s straight to the airport with the Helsyd Trio from there, and over to Hong Kong where Eriikka Maalismaa, Timo-Veikko “Tipi” Valve and Emil Holmström will first join forces with the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and artistic director, violist William Lane, for a joint concert at the Spring Workshop on Thursday at 7 pm (with a repeat performance in Macau the day after). The concert is titled 100 Years of Independent Music — with Finland celebrating its centenary this year, I curated the program to draw parallels between Hong Kong today and our native country a century ago. I’m also very much looking forward to the premiere of Hum and Drum for cello and piano, which Tipi and Emil will perform in the Helsyd Piano Trio recital at the Hong Kong Chamber Music Society on Saturday (7:15 pm), and again on Sunday at my home institution, as part of the HKUST Music Alive! season, at 4 pm. Hope to see you all in one or more of these events!