Kimmo has composed, created and performed the spectacle Kalmuk, a massive work for 15-piece symphony orchestra, two percussionists (Kosminen and Assefa), quadraphonic sound, live effects and light show. This show debuted in Helsinki in December 2000 and toured England with great success in November 2002. Kimmo Pohjonen is one of the three winners of the first Teosto Prize, given by the Finnish Composers' Copyright Society Teosto in 2003 for his work Kalmuk. A Sibelius Academy jury chose the winners based on originality, courage and innovation. The award of 40.000 euros will be shared with the other winning contemporary artists Kimmo Hakola and Maija Vilkkumaa. MOJO, February 2003: 'Something completely different is Kalmuk from the Finnish accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen and the Tapiola Sinfonietta, recorded live at the Helsinki Savoy. Usually taking listeners into a sinister avant-garde world of wheezing,loops and sounds beyond description, this time Pohjonen has gone all classical on us. And it's fantastic.'