What is Teosto prize?

The Teosto Prize is one of the biggest art prizes in the Nordic countries. The prize was established by the Finnish Composers' Copyright Society Teosto in 2003 to highlight fresh, original and innovative works.

The Teosto Prize is one of the biggest music prizes in Finland and each year, the it will be awarded to 1-4 works in any genre. The prize is not bound to any musical genre or style.

The maximum prize sum is EUR 40,000. If the prize is awarded for a sole musical work or piece, the sum is EUR 25,000. The works can represent any genre, but they must be produced after the previous award season.
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Awarded by year

2017
Mikko Joensuu: Amen 1 and Amen 2 albums

2016
Bliss-opera, Antti Auvinen and Harry Salmenniemi.

Paperi T: Malarian pelko -album. Henri Pulkkinen, Niko Liinamaa, Miska Soini, Roope Kinnunen, Kristo Laanti, Sandra Tervonen ja Juuso Malin.

2015 
Mikko Hassinen, for the album Elektro GT.

2014
Risto Ylihärsilä, for his compositions and lyrics on his band Risto’s album II.

2013
Anna Eriksson's album Mana and Matthew Whittall's Dulcissima, clara, sonans.

2012
Milla Viljamaa, for the album Minne. 

2011
The prize was awarded to Sebastian Fagerlund for his orchestral work Ignite, to Chisu for the works on album Vapaa ja yksin, and to Wimme Saari, Tapani Rinne and Tuomas Norvio for the works on album Mun. The award sum of 40,000 euros was divided between the three works equally.

2009
The prize was awarded to Magnus Lindberg's work Graffiti and to the compositions, lyrics and arrangements by Jori Sjöroos, Paula Vesala and Mira Luoti in the group PMMP's album Veden varaan.

2008
The prize of 40,000 euros was awarded to Finnish rap artist Asa and the team, for works on the album Loppuasukas.

2007
The two winning works among seven candidates were the music and lyrics of Jonna Tervomaa and the music of Jussi Jaakonaho on Tervomaa's album Parempi loppu as well as the music of Olli Kortekangas on his opera Isän tyttö (Daddy's Girl). Kortekangas's share of the prize was 20,000 euro, while Tervomaa and Jaakonaho received 10,000 euro respectively.

2006
The prize was awarded to Marzi Nyman's works on the album Marzi and to Sampo Haapamäki's composition Kirjo.

2005
Veli-Matti Puumala, Seeds of Time, Tuomari Nurmio and Alamaailman vasarat, Kinaporin kalifaatti.

2004
Jukka Tiensuu, Umori and Ilmiliekki's album March of the Alpha Males.

2003
Maija Vilkkumaa Ei, Kimmo Pohjonen Kalmuk and Kimmo Hakola Le Sacrifice.