Mikael Helasvuo, Finland

Mikael Helasvuo got launched on a musical career on joining the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in 1973, later occupying the position of principal flute in the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra until 1988.

He has travelled on many continents, performing chamber and solo repertoire and holding masterclasses and can regularly be heard in both contemporary and Baroque-Classical repertoire, the latter on period instruments. Discs by him have won awards in Finland and abroad.

He has given the premiere world and Finnish performances of well over hundert works for the flute, in recognition of which the Society of Finnish Composers awarded him the Madetoja Prize in 1992.

A former student of Juho Alvas, Frantisek Cech and Aurele Nicolet, he is now Professor of wind instruments at the Sibelius Academy.