Kevin Åkerlund

Composition competition

The composition competition Rusk-fanfar is organized by Jakobstad’s Sinfonietta.

Rusk is a chamber music festival held annually in Pietarsaari/Jakobstad, Finland at the end of November. At the heart of this festival embracing superb chamber music and various other genres of the arts is the Schauman Hall in the centre of town, but the events also spread out into the surrounding urban environment.

The festival was founded in 2013 by clarinettist Christoffer Sundqvist and composer Sebastian Fagerlund, who both served as the festival’s artistic directors from 2013 to 2019. In 2020 conductor Anna-Maria Helsing was appointed as new artistic director of Rusk.
Time and prize
It is possible to submit competition entries during the period 01.08.2022 to 30.09.2022. The competition is open to students, born 1992 or later, with an interest in composition. All participants undertake to follow the competition rules.
The winner will be awarded with a prize of of 1,000 euros in connection with the opening of Rusk Chamber Music in Jakobstad in 2022. A jury appointed by Jakobstad’s Sinfonietta will select the winner. The jury’s decision cannot be appealed.
Idea and theme
The composition should be music for a fanfare for the opening of Rusk Chamber Music in Jakobstad 2022. The theme for Rusk 2022 is “Gods and Goddesses”. Johan Ullén (Sweden) and Anna Thorvaldsdottir (Iceland) are this year’s composers in residence.
The festival artists include guitarist Anabel Montesinos, cellist Senja Rummukainen, violinist Christian Svarfvar, Norrbotten NEO, soprano Angelika Klas and Kotaja Quintet, choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir and composer and pianist Johan Ullén, a.o. The festival has commissioned two chamber music works by composers Johan Ullén and Sam Fröjdö.
A central theme is dance, and the focus is especially on tango. The program includes music by Astor Piazzolla, Johan Ullén’s “Deadly Sins – Seven Tangos for Piano Trio” and “The Dark Triad – Psychological Tango Traits” for solo cello. Focus will also be on Nordic music, the program includes several works from both Finland, Sweden and Iceland.
The closing concerts of 2022 consist of a collaborative project between Rusk Chamber Music in Jakobstad, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, the Vaasa City Orchestra and Iceland Dance Company. Together, they perform Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s and Erna Ómarsdottir’s masterpiece AIŌN (2018). AIŌN is a dance performance that is as much a visual adventure as a magnificent symphonic sound experience. In Erna Omarsdottir’s choreography, dancers, orchestra and conductor are choreographed in a great visual adventure. The work had its world premiere at Point Music Festival in May 2019 when it was premiered by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor and Rusk’s artistic director Anna-Maria Helsing. “AIŌN – the god of time and eternity” is performed twice, on Friday 25.11 and on Saturday 26.11 in Schauman Hall.
Format and participation
The active length of the music composition should be about 1-2 minutes. The composition should not be written for a larger ensemble. The available instrumentation, i.e. Rusk 2022’s artists, are two violins, viola, two cellos, flute, clarinet, percussion (1 player), two pianos, and guitar. Regarding the style or genre of the composition, there are no restrictions, except that text may not be included in the composition. The final contribution must be final. It is not possible to make changes to the competition entry after it has been submitted. The competition entry may not be published or performed officially before the opening concert of Rusk Chamber Music in Jakobstad 2022, i.e. 23.11. 2022
The composer retains all rights to the competition entry. Jakobstad’s Sinfonietta reserves the right to use and publish the winning entry in connection with Rusk Chamber Music in Jakobstad 2022.
All entries must be submitted under a pseudonym. Should a composer submit several entries, all entries must be submitted under different pseudonyms. The entry, including score and parts, should be submitted in PDF format. It is also possible to send a midi version (AIFF, WAV or MP3 file ) of how the work will sound. The composition can be sent to or by post to:
Jakobstads sinfonietta
C/o Kaija Ena
Storgatan 9
68600 Jakobstad
Label the envelope “Fanfar”
The composer is responsible for any recording costs. Entries submitted after 30.9 will not be considered. In connection to the submission, the following information should be included:
1. Name of the work.
2. Composer’s name.
3. The composer’s pseudonym.
4. Description of how the composition relates to the festival theme of Rusk Chamber Music in Jakobstad 2022
5. Contact information
The winners will be announced in mid-October.
For questions contact Anna Madsen: +358447851697,