The Finland Factor

The rise of a new generation of prominent Finnish conductors has been well-documented in recent years, and with the international spotlight firmly focused on podium stars like Salonen, Oramo, and Vänskä, Finnish composers are starting to enjoy worldwide attention as well. “It would be difficult to characterise a Finnish school of composition, yet there are no shortage of Finnish composers of international standing.” Throw in a sizable smattering of top-flight instrumental and vocal soloists, and Finland, a nation of only 5 million, might be able to claim the greatest per capita level of success in the classical music world.