He was finalist at the Queen Elisabeth Competition for Composition in Brussels 2003 and got the Second Prize at the competition for composers announced by The Association of Baltic Academies of Music ABAM, Hamburg 2003. In the International Gaudeamus Music Week 2004 GAUDEAMUS PRIZE was awarded to Sampo Haapamäki. He received the prize for Signature, a composition performed on September 11 in the Amsterdam ëBeurs van Berlage’ by the Radio Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Etienne Siebens.
Haapamäki’s works have been played among others by NYYD Ensemble (cond. Olari Elts), Nordlys Ensemble, John-Edward Kelly, Bob Versteegh, Susanne and Veli Kujala, The California Wind Orchestra (cond. Les Lehr), Olli-Pekka Tuomisalo, Risto-Matti Marin, Hanna Kinnunen, Sampo Haapam?ki, Mikko Kauppinen, UMO Jazz Orchestra (cond. Kirmo Lintinen), Miika J?ms?, Academic Wind Band of Helsinki University (cond. Janne Ikonen), Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra (cond. Etienne Siebens), Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (cond. Lorraine Vaillancourt).
Some works in progress: New work for +Ensemble (Turku, Finland), New work for Gaudeamus Musik Week 2004 for small ensemble (Amsterdam, Netherlands) and New work for Linea Ensemble (Helsinki, Finland).
—Sampo Haapamäki (written 30.11.2004)
- WIDE (2001)