Over the years the Sibelius Academy has developed a strong tradition for ensemble- and orchestral playing which is reflected in the high number of internationally successful conductors who have graduated from the Sibelius Academy (e.g. Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Osmo Vänskä, Susanna Mälkki and Sakari Oramo, all students of renowned conducting professor Jorma Panula).
Since the Sibelius Academy in 2001, in close affiliation with the Finnish Military Music Division, launched the wind band conducting program the Finnish wind band world has flourished and is today one of Europe’s most thriving wind music scenes with an unprecedented number of composers who write directly for the wind medium.
The Sibelius Academy Wind Ensemble found its present form in 2012 when Peter Ettrup Larsen as newly appointed leader of the wind band conducting program formally initiated the ensemble. Just like the world famous Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra (est. 1916), the Sibelius Academy Wind Ensemble does not meet on a weekly basis. The players are pulled from the student body and assembled for 4-6 days of rehearsals prior to performing a concert, just like any professional orchestra or ensemble.
The appearance at the Midwest Clinic 2014 is the ensemble’s first international endeavor.