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For Olli Mustonen, an eventful end to the year has been followed by an equally exciting start to the new decade. Born in Finland in 1967, he was awarded the Hindemith Prize of the City of Hanau last November — which honours pianists, conductors and composers — and, for nearly his entire artistic life, has looked to Hindemith as a kind of ideal figure of the universal musician who transcends prefabricated roles. In this interview, Olli Mustonen shares with us thoughts on this role model, an early key musical experience, and two current compositions: the first, the recent and highly successful symphony for tenor, cello, and piano entitled Taivaanvalot, which he premiered with his colleagues Steven Isserlis and Bostridge, and the second, a new sextet, which closes the BTHVN WOCHE Bonn at the end of February, in the 250th year of the composer's birth....