photo: Minna Leinonen

Endangered was composed as a mandatory semi-final piece of the Ilmari Hannikainen Piano Chamber Music Competition international series. One of the starting points of the composition was Hannikainen´s Sick Bird op. 14 no 10 for piano (arranged for violin and piano by his brother Arvo Hannikainen), and its vulnerable, bird-like motif and the subsequent downward gesture. In addition, the work freely uses some sounds of birds classified as critically endangered in Finland.

Many thanks to my violin teacher Riikka Alakärppä.


Tatevik Ayazyan, violin and Ville Hautakangas, piano 

Recorded September 16, 2023 at the Tampere Hall by the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE.


"One highlight of the concert was violinist Tatevik Ayazyan's and pianist Ville Hautakangas's interpretation of the work Endangered, which relates to the world of endangered birds. The nyanced music inspired the players to a crest of a wave of sensitivity."

-Harri Hautala, Aamulehti 18.9.2023

Reference: Ilmari Hannikainen: Sick Bird Op. 14 No 10