In the strings programme, you can study violin, viola, cello, and double bass. The studies focus on instrument skills required in soloist, chamber, and orchestra musician duties. The department's master graduates are skilled instrumentalists who have knowledge of the central repertoire, styles, techniques, and interpretations of their instrument including the key western art music repertoire. A degree in the strings department makes you eligible for work as a professional or freelance musician and music teacher.
In the strings programme, you can study violin, viola, cello, and double bass. In the bachelor's degree programme, students complete a Level B performance examination in a primary instrument, and in the master degree programme, they complete a Level A examination in accordance with the level descriptions of each instrument.
Performances at Helsinki Music Centre, among other venues, form an essential part of the studies. You will join the Sibelius Academy Symphonic Orchestra immediately after beginning your studies at the Sibelius Academy. The department has also begun an educational collaboration project with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra which will provide participants a personal coach from RSO's concert masters and principal of strings.
At Sibelius Academy, 100 to 110 chamber music groups work together each year. The groups are comprised of students from different Sibelius Academy departments. As a chamber music student, you will have the opportunity to participate in monthly matinees at Helsinki Music Centre’s Camerata Hall and other Sibelius Academy premises in addition to weekly teaching. You will also have the chance to participate in the chamber music weekend at course centre Kallio-Kuninkala in Järvenpää scheduled for four times a year. The academic year culminates in the chamber music week that will include several student concerts.
Chamber music studies are coordinated by the Orchestra, chamber music and conducting programme.
The department's master graduates are skilled instrumentalists who have knowledge of the central repertoire, styles, techniques, and interpretations of their instrument including the key western art music repertoire. During optional studies, students can deepen their skills by participating in audition training, principal or section training, or leader/concertmaster training. In pedagogy studies, students familiarize themselves with teaching their respective instrument, from the beginner to professional level.
String instrumentalists educated at the Sibelius Academy work as teachers in Finnish music education and as orchestral or chamber musicians or soloists. They are employed by practically all domestic professional orchestras. International orchestras such as Sächsische Staatskapelle Berlin, London Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Filharmonien, and Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester have employed current and former Sibelius Academy string students.
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.
Maarit Kirvessalo-Nummela (violin pedagogy)
Yvonne Frye (violin pedagogy)
Arja Sippel (violin pedagogy)
Lilli Maijala (on leave of absence)
Tiina Konttinen (viola pedagogy)
Marko Ylönen (chamber music professor, also cello teaching)
Part time teachers
Tapani Heikinheimo (cello pedagogy)
Päivi Arjas (Head of Department)
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.