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Hooray! We are celebrating our 10-year anniversary in 2023! The celebrations will be themed around the future of arts.

Helsinki Harp Festival: Helsinki Harp Competition 2023

Helsinki Harp Competition 2023 is organized as a part of the Helsinki Harp Festival 2023

Helsinki Harp Competition Winners 2020: Irene Pauletto, Viviane Nüscheler, Luna Vissers

Harp competition for harpists born 1995-2004.

First round, Friday 1st


  1. Choose one:
  • Paul Hindemith: Sonata for Harp – I. Mässig Schnell 
  • Germaine Tailleferre: Sonate for Harp – I. Allegro
  1. Choose one cadenza:
  • Benjamin Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra – Variation I
  • Bedřich Smetana: Vyšehrad – from beginning till 7 after Maestoso
  • Alexander Glazunov: Raymonda – Prélude et Variation 


Choose one

  • Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra – IV. Intermezzo Interrotto, fig. 38 to fig. 59 and V. Finale, fig 339 to fig. 356 (1st harp)
  • Maurice Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso – beginning to fig. 9 and fig 27 (1st harp) 
  • Richard Strauss: Don Juan – from E to 1 before F
  1. Choose one:
  • Richard Wagner: Feuerzauber from Die Walküre (1 harp version)
  • Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser – Lied des Tannhäuser from bar 94 (Allegro=72) till bar 160 (Allegro=92)
  1. Free choice virtuoso piece that can be an original piece, and arrangement or your own composition

Program played in the order of this list.

The first round will be organized in Organo.

Second Round, Saturday 2nd


  1. Gaetano Donizetti: Scena No3 from the Opera Lucia de Lammermoor, free version. Cadenza should be your own composition, not an already composed cadenza.
  1. Laura Hynninen: Annin ja Viljamin valssi (2020)

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  1. Choose one:
  • Claude Debussy: Danse Sacré et Danse Profane
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara: Ballad for harp and strings

This round will be performed with the New Helsinki Quartett and Aapo Juutilainen, double bass.

Programme played in the order of this list.

The second round will be organized in Camerata.

Rules and prizes

Please make your application to the competition via this link.

More information: Eeva Hohti,

Helsinki Harp Festival 2023

Welcome to the 2nd Helsinki Harp Festival! Our wonderful festival takes place at the Helsinki Music Centre in the heart of Helsinki between 31 August and 3 September 2023. This year’s theme is wellbeing and harpist composers. Besides world-class classical and jazz concerts, our audience can also enjoy sound healing concerts in the beautiful Organo Hall. Harpists will have a range of Pilates lessons and ergonomic coaching by a physiotherapist. We won’t forget harpists who play harp as a hobby, either: we will have traditional masterclasses, jazz workshops, electronic harp introductions for harpists of all levels. The festival programme also includes the first Finnish competition for harpists who play the instrument as a hobby as well as the international Helsinki Harp Competition.

May the Harp be with you!

Read more about the Helsinki Harp Festival via this link

Mannerheimintie renovation project

Access to the Musiikkitalo from the direction of Mannerheimintie will be difficult. We recommend that you allow enough time for your arrival and use the entrance on the side of Kansalaistori if possible. According to current information, the entrance to Mannerheimintie will also remain in use throughout the renovation, but pedestrian routes can be challenging at times.

We recommend following the official information channels of the renovation project, where you can find the most up-to-date information.


1.9.2023 at 10:00 – 14:30
2.9.2023 at 13:00 – 15:00


Helsinki Music Centre

Töölönlahdenkatu 16

00100 Helsinki


Free admission

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