Maja Ratkje, Efterklang, accordion player Kimmo Pohjonen and Swedish duo The Knife are in the 12 strong shortlist for the the Nordic Council Music Prize. Also nominated are vocal ensemble Theatre of Voices, violinist Pekka Kuusisto, accordion player Kimmo Pohjonen, chamber ensemble Nordic Affect, Mezzoforte, pianist Håkon Austbø, string trio Trio ZPR, vocalist Eivør Pálsdóttir, and pianist Vladimir Shafranov.
The 12 shortlisted artists are nominated by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, The Faroe Islands and Åland. One winner is chosen, who receives €47,000.
This year's winner will be announced on 30 October in Oslo. Previous winners have included Mats Gustafsson, Björk and Bent Sørensen. More details here.