Helsinki Harp Festival: Final Concert

The first half of the concert is dedicated to the memory of composer Kaija Saariaho (1952-2023).

Maarit Kytöharju

Please note that the concert ends at 15.30 o’clock not at 14 o’clock as informed earlier.


  • Terhi Dostal (1978-): Chorale Prelude ”Ave Maris Stella” 2023
    • Anna-Helena Hamann, harp
  • S. Palmgren (1878-1951): Valse mignonne Op.54 (1916)
  • J. Sibelius (1865-1957): Valse triste Op.44  (1903-04)
  • J. Sibelius: Impromptu Op.5 No.5. (1893)
    • Anni Kuusimäki and Sivan Magen, harp (arrangements for harp duo by Anni Kuusimäki)
  • Heta Aho (1992-): passe-temps (2023, Ske)
    • Päivi Severeide, harpp
  • Kaija Saariaho (1952-2023): Tocar
    • Livia Schweizer, flute
    • Hilda Kunnola, harp
  • Lotta Wennäkoski (1970-): Segla (SKe)
    • Sivan Magen, harp
  • Prize winners of Lilly Kajanus-Blenner and Helsinki Harp Competition 2023 competitions and prize ceremony
  • Park Stickney: solo

Additional 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.


3.9.2023 at 13:00 – 15:30



Mannerheimintie 13a

00100 Helsinki

Helsinki Music Centre


6,50–18 € or festival pass.


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Ticket sales begin 3.7.2023

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