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Mieko Kanno Appointed Professor of Artistic Doctoral Studies at the Sibelius Academy

Mieko Kanno has been appointed Professor of Artistic Doctoral Studies at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki for a five-year period beginning 1 September 2016.

Japanese-born Mieko Kanno (b. 1968) received a doctorate from the University of York, Great Britain in 2001. Kanno is currently working in Scotland at the Royal Conservatory of Music as Senior Research Fellow. She is an active researcher on the performance of contemporary music, and also with experience as Director of Research in Music at the University of Durham. She also has an extensive artistic career as a violinist, having won several international violin competitions.

The Professor of Artistic Doctoral Studies is responsible for the development and implementation of the Art Study Programme, leading to doctoral degree in music, at the Sibelius Academy. Her main duties include supervision of doctoral students and other teaching tasks, her own artistic work, and the promotion of international relations within the field.

Kanno says ‘The Sibelius Academy was one of the first institutions to introduce a doctoral course for musicians in the 1980s, and it has a strong record. I’m excited about joining the team at Sibelius Academy, and about the prospect of building upon the fine tradition. Practice-led research is attracting much attention as a powerful way to understand and create music as a living culture. My vision is that the artistic doctoral studies at Sibelius Academy will help more musicians from around the world to pioneer excellence in and through artistic practice.’

The Professorship was filled through an open application procedure. A total of 21 applications were received for the post. Four candidates were invited to a suitability assessment, which was held on 11 and 12 April. Mieko Kanno was appointed to the post by the University of the Arts Helsinki's Rector, Jari Perkiömäki, on the proposal of the Sibelius Academy Dean, Tuomas Auvinen.

Additional information:
Kaarlo Hildén, Dean of the Faculty of Classical Music
Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki
kaarlo.hilden (at)