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 violin and piano, 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.


"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