Three Finnish musicians yesterday were presented the inaugural Teosto Award from the local copyright society of that name. The honor is meant to "promote creative Finnish compositional work." Composer

Three Finnish musicians yesterday were presented the inaugural Teosto Award from the local copyright society of that name. The honor is meant to "promote creative Finnish compositional work." Composer Kimmo Hakola, accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen and singer/songwriter Maija Vilkkumaa share the 40,000 euro ($69,000) prize.

A three-person jury chaired by Pekka Vapaavuori, head of music institution the Sibelius Academy, selected the winners out of 11 candidates nominated by Teosto. Vapaavuori says the winners have bold and innovative styles.

Teosto says it intends to present the prize on an annual basis.