Risto Ylihärsilä receives the Teosto Prize

This year the Teosto Prize goes to Risto Ylihärsilä, for his compositions and lyrics on his band Risto’s album II. The winner was announced on April 10 at Musiikkitalo in Helsinki. Ylihärsilä will receive the prize sum of 25 000 euro.

”Risto Ylihärsilä creates sincere and original music. He expresses something authentic and touching with his compositions and lyrics, the award jury said. ”We considered that Risto Ylihärsilä’s works complies with the Teosto Prize criteria, which are courageousness, originality and innovation.

The award jury consisted of Saku Mantere (Chairman of the board of the University of the Arts),  Lauri Kivinen (Executive Director of Yleisradio) and Anna Eriksson (last year’s Teosto Prize winner). This was the 11th time Teosto Prize was given out.

The nominees for this year’s Teosto Prize were: 

  • Antti Auvinen: Orior
  • Valtteri Pöyhönen: Kallio (Dalindèo)
  • Haloo Helsinki!: Maailma on tehty meitä varten
  • Juuri & Juuri: Pelimannit / Hiljainen Haltioituminen
  • J. Karjalainen: Et ole yksin
  • Olavi Louhivuori: In Cinema (Oddarrang)
  • Risto: II

Photo: Suvi-Tuuli Kankaanpää