11th International Creative Dialogue Workshop brings Kaija Saariaho and Daniel Belcher to Järvenpää

Creative Dialogue Workshop for composers, string players and singers will be held at Kallio-Kuninkala Course Center in Järvenpää, Finland from 16th to 25th August, 2019. The workshop will be hosted by composer Kaija Saariaho, cellist Anssi Karttune and Grammy award-winning, world-renowned baritone Daniel Belcher. 14 students from the best music institutes in the world will participate in the workshop.

Throughout its eleven years of operation, the Creative Dialogue workshop has already united nearly one hundred composers and musicians from around the world. This summer, there will be four composers, four singers, two cellists, two violinists and two viola players attending. During the week, young composers will write new pieces for string instruments and singers. The final concert will be held at the Helsinki Music Center on August 25, and besides the brand new pieces born during the workshop, the programme also includes works by Kaija Saariaho.

Instrumentalists and composers usually study in the same educational institutions. Nonetheless, composition students rarely get the chance to work with musicians. Cellist Anssi Karttunen and composers Kaija Saariaho and Magnus Lindberg created the Creative Dialogue workshop concept in 2008 in collaboration with the Sibelius Academy to open up new horizons and create new dialogue between young artists. Since then, these workshops have been an integral part of international activities of the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki. The first six Creative Dialogue workshops were held at the Acequia Madre House in Santa Fe, United States. In 2015, the workshop was held for the first time in Finland at the Kallio-Kuninkala course center in Järvenpää. Since then, the Creative Dialogue has been organized alternatively  in Finland and the United States. The workshop helps students to network and work closely together and deepen their understanding of how the relationships between composers and performers have influenced the history of music. Over the years, the workshops have been taught by Anssi Karttunen, Kaija Saariaho and Magnus Lindberg and visiting teachers like flutist Chen Halevi and soprano Barbara Hannigan, among others.