Never-ending competition

by FMQ, Veikko Helasvuo, Johanna Juhola, Lasse Lehtonen, Loviisa Pihlakoski, Patrik Stenström, Olli Virtaperko

Our last Special Feature in 2022 addresses competitions and competitiveness in Finnish musical life. Music competitions obviously have an indispensable role when it comes to spotting and highlighting rising talent, but competing with one’s peers is inseparably intertwined with a musician’s life in many other ways. What role do competitions play in music today, and in what ways is competition integrated into a musician’s career?

Featured photo: Trophy of musical instruments (France, 18th century)