Ville Hiilivirta has reason to smile:

“There’s plenty of room for sound in the Music Centre”

Nowadays, there’s a lot of competition for a job in the number one orchestra in the country. But for those who get a job in e.g. The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, competition is about encouraging each other. “When someone nails a tough passage colleagues will scuffle their feet or show the thumbs-up.”


Ville Hiilivirta has been virtually unbeatable on competition arenas already in his teens. He reached the 1st prize at the National Brass Competition in Lahti in the youth category in 2000, at the age of only 15. The same was his result six years later when he participated in a Europe-wide competition in Marl, Germany, and further in 2010 at the International Horn Competition in Lieksa, Finland. But by then he was already principal Horn at the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. And before that he was the 2nd/3rd horn for three years at the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra....