Early music

In the Early Music programme, you can study period instruments as a major or a minor subject. The instrument selection includes nearly all woodwind instruments as well as brass, stringed, and keyboard instruments, most plucked instruments and baroque voice. In addition to mastering your own instrument, your studies will include chamber music, orchestra work and instrument pedagogy. After graduating from the Early Music programme, you will be able to work as a musician and a teacher specialised in Early Music instruments and performance customs.


In the department of Early Music, you can study the following instruments as your main subject:

  • harpsichord
  • lute
  • viola da gamba
  • recorder
  • traverso
  • baroque violin
  • baroque cello
  • baroque oboe
  • baroque trumpet

Additionally, you can study baroque viola, baroque singing, baroque bassoon, natural horn, baroque trombone, violone, fortepiano and clavichord. In addition to mastering your own instrument, your studies will include chamber music, orchestra work and instrument pedagogy. Concert activities form an important part of studying, and numerous concerts are arranged during the academic year at Sibelius Academy and elsewhere in the metropolitan area. Several master classes are also held for early music students each year.

The Early Music programme has a large collection of instruments, including all baroque orchestra instruments and a collection of renaissance and classical instruments.

Early Music training at Sibelius Academy has long traditions. It started as an independent department in 1995 under the name Vanhan Musiikin Studio (Early Music Studio). Organisational restructuring has since changed the name, but the work has remained the same. The studies will educate you in early music instruments and performance customs, which you can utilise as a musician and a music teacher.

The Master of Music degree also qualifies you for doctoral study. At Sibelius Academy, you can complete the licentiate of music (LMus) and Doctor of Music (DMus) degrees.




Baroque oboe

Classical clarinet

Baroque bassoon

Natural horn

Baroque trumpet

Baroque trombone

  • Esa Fagerholm

Baroque violin

Baroque viola

Baroque cello

Viola da gamba


  • Maria Vahervuo





Concert activities

It is typical for Early Music major students that teaching and working as a musician go hand in hand. Giving concerts is a central element in the student years, and students are regularly offered performance opportunities in the Sibelius Academy concert halls and elsewhere.


Sibelius Academy Baroque Orchestra

The Baroque Orchestra has established a vital position in the activities of the Early Music department. The orchestra performs every academic year and collaborates across department borders through, for instance, opera and oratorio productions. The musicians are Sibelius Academy Early Music main and minor subject students. The orchestra also collaborates with other institutes and students if necessary. With a growing number of enthusiastic minors, today's orchestra musicians appreciate awareness of early music styles. Baroque instruments are here to stay.

How to apply

Links to the admissions guides and more information about applying can be found on the admissions page. The next application period to the University of the Arts Helsinki is in January 2018.

Contact information

email addresses: firstname.lastname (at) uniarts.fi


Head of Department Jari S. Puhakka

Deputy Head of Department Minna Kangas


siba.admissions (at) uniarts.fi