Teosto Prize goes to FOLK by Jesse Markin and Totte Rautiainen

The 2020 Teosto Prize was awarded to Jesse Markin’s and Totte Rautiainen’s compositions and lyrics for the album FOLK by the jury’s unanimous decision. 
 
The five-person jury selected the winner from among the seven works and collections of works picked by the preliminary selection panel. Yle’s Creative Director Ville Vilén was the Chairman of the jury. The jury members were conductor Dalia Stasevska along with last year’s Teosto Prize winners, composer Sebastian Hilli and music authors Stina Koistinen and Nicolas ’Leissi’ Rehn. Nicolas ’Leissi’ Rehn, who arranged some of the music for FOLK, did not take part in the jury’s discussion about FOLK due to having a conflict of interest.   
 
“We would like to thank the preliminary selection panel for selecting a diverse set of nominees representing a wide variety of genres. However, after the intensive listening stage, the jury was perfectly unanimous on which work should win: FOLK. It consists of fantastic songs and is a cohesive and considered whole that enraptures the listener,” the jury said.
 
Awarded since 2003, the Teosto Prize is one of the most noteworthy art prizes in the Nordic countries. If the prize is awarded to one work, the prize is EUR 25,000. 
 
The jury described the album FOLK as follows:  
 
The excellent songs and perceptively explored themes successfully combine different influences and styles. The album is a balanced, high-quality work that was skillfully made and carries the listener from the beginning to the end, able to do anything.
 
In addition to the winning work, the jury also wanted to highlight Signe’s collection of works To Sappho, in which the jury heard originality and inventiveness worthy of an honourable mention.    
 

Seven works or collections of works were nominated for the prize

This year, the preliminary selection panel consisting of music professionals selected seven works or collections of works as nominees for the Teosto Prize. In addition to the winner stated above, the nominees were:
 
Hattarahiukset - Sur-rur
Ville Vuorenmaa’s compositions and lyrics as well as Ville Vuorenmaa’s, Kimmo Pohjapelto’s and Ville Laurila’s arrangements for the album Hattarahiukset.
Lehtojärven Hirvenpää – Lehtojärven Hirvenpää
Harri Kuusijärvi’s compositions and Jaakko Laitinen’s lyrics for the album Lehtojärven Hirvenpää.
Näytän missä asun – M
Minja Koski’s compositions and lyrics for the album M - Näytän missä asun.
…On Escher - Sami Klemola
Sami Klemola’s composition …on Escher.
Syrtti - OK:KO
Okko Saastamoinen’s compositions for the album Syrtti.
To Sappho – Signe
Compositions and arrangements by Josefiina Vannesluoma, Selma Savolainen, Mikko Sarvanne and Sampo Kasurinen for texts by Sappho, Edith Södergran, Josefiina Vannesluoma and Selma Savolainen for the album To Sappho.
 

The Teosto Prize is awarded to bold, original and innovative works

Teosto established the prize in 2003 with the aim of promoting creative Finnish music. The prize – which is funded by composers, music authors and music publishers represented by Teosto – seeks to highlight bold, original and innovative Finnish musical works. This year, the prize was awarded for the 17th time.
 
The prize is awarded to between one and four works or collections of works, and the maximum amount of prize money is EUR 40,000. If the prize is awarded to a single work or collection of works, the prize is EUR 25,000. The works may represent any genre, but they must have been produced after the previous award season. 
 
The nominees were selected by a preliminary selection panel. This year, the panel consisted of musician and music journalist Arttu Tolonen (panel chairman), music journalist and non-fiction writer Mervi Vuorela, music journalist Lotta Emanuelsson, music researcher and music journalist Mikael Mattila, journalist Katri Kallionpää, violinist Eriikka Maalismaa and DJ Bunuel.
 
More information on the Teosto Prize and the previous winners here (in Finnish only).
"FOLK consists of fantastic songs and is a cohesive and considered whole that enraptures the listener."