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Vesa Sirén

 

Vesa Sirén is a music journalist for the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and the author of the books Always smoking a cigar – Jean Sibelius through the eyes of his contemporaries (Aina poltti sikariaJean Sibelius aikalaisten silmin, Otava 2000) and Finnish Conductors from Sibelius to Salonen, Kajanus to Franck (Suomalaiset kapellimestarit – Sibeliuksesta Saloseen, Kajanuksesta Franckiin, Otava 2010).

Always smoking a cigar was nominated for the Finlandia Non-Fiction Prize in 2001 and Finnish Conductors was awarded the same prize in 2010. Sirén has written many articles on Jean Sibelius for Helsingin Sanomat, The Finnish Music Quarterly and other publications.

 

Works

  • Always smoking a cigar – Jean Sibelius through the eyes of his contemporaries (Aina poltti sikaria – Jean Sibelius aikalaisten silmin, Otava 2000)
  • Finnish Conductors from Sibelius to Salonen, Kajanus to Franck (Suomalaiset kapellimestarit – Sibeliuksesta Saloseen, Kajanuksesta Franckiin, Otava 2010)
  • Sielun Veljet – Kuvat (together with photographer Juha Metso, Johnny Kniga, 2013)

 

Awards

  • 2001 shortlisted for the Finlandia Non-Fiction Prize
  • 2010 Finlandia Non-Fiction Prize

 

 

Published books