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October 4 , 2012

Sibelius Prize 2012 to Sinikka Langeland

The Sibelius Society of Norway has awarded the Sibelius Prize 2012 to singer, musician and composer Sinikka Langeland. She will receive the prize at a concert given by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Oslo Concert Hall on 1 November 2012.

Sinikka Langeland (b. 1961) is closely connected with the Skogfinn culture in Norway. She has drawn attention to this culture by singing folk songs, such as rune songs and the traditional kveding, as well as by playing the kantele, the Finnish national instrument. As a composer, she has explored the world of traditional folk music and has juxtaposed it with her self-composed melodies and lyrics. Sinikka Langeland is one of Norway’s most distinctive folk musicians, and has an exceptionally broad range of contacts, including many in the jazz and classical music communities. She is an extremely versatile artist, whose work and commitment have played a major role in fostering knowledge of and respect for the culture and traditions of the Skogfinn community in Norway.

Sinikka Langeland has so far released three albums on ECM, “Starflowers” (2007) and “The Land That Is Not” (2011) with her own group and 2009’s “Maria’s Song” in trio with Lars Anders Tomta and Kåre Nordstoga.

Previous recipients of the prize have been violinist Henning Kraggerud, conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes.