Three years later, it won the prize for best performance of a contemporary work at the Harald Andersén international chamber choir competition for 'Two Songs to Poems of Ann Jäderlund' composed by Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Since then, the EMO Ensemble has concentrated on modern music and offering composers the services of a top-quality vocal instrument. In 2005, the choir released its first CD featuring works by leading Finnish composers like Esa-Pekka Salonen and Lotta Wennäkoski.
It received great reviews and was nominated for Choir CD of the Year by the Finnish Choirmasters Association. EMO Ensemble aims to be experimental, varied and innovative.
For example, the choir attended the Songbridge international event in summer 2002, appearing in Tapiola swimming baths wearing bathing costumes and performing a programme of water music!
It often deploys visual effects at its concerts, including images and lighting effects. The choir was invited to take part in the Polyfollia Festival in Normandy in summer 2003 and again in autumn 2006.