Saariaho, Karttunen and Hakkila to teach in the international Creative Dialogue workshop

The Sibelius Academy is hosting the seventh international Creative Dialogue workshop in Järvenpää on January 31st-February 7th. The event is organised in Finland for the first time. 13 students from prestigious music conservatoires from Europe and North America will be working with composer Kaija Saariaho, cellist Anssi Karttunen and Sibelius Academy piano professor Tuija Hakkila in the Kallio Kuninkala facilities in Järvenpää.

During the workshops, the young students will work on pieces by Saariaho and also compose new music. The final concert will be at the Music Centre in Helsinki on the 7th of February as part of the festival Musica nova Helsinki.

Creative Dialogue is a workshop for young instrumentalist and composers to learn new repertoire and experience the creative dialogue between music and its performers. It was created to encourage young performers and composers to engage in a dialogue which benefits not only the two parties but music life in general. Performers and composers often study in the same institutions, but seldom receive the encouragement to find out how much they have to learn from each other. Apart from the immediate personal relations that result from such dialogue, it will help in a deeper understanding of how composer-performer friendships have affected the history of music.

Starting from 2015, Creative Dialogue will be held in alternate years in Järvenpää, Finland and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Additional information:
Executive assistant Kristina Lillqvist
kristina.lillqvist (at)


Musica Nova: Final concert of the Creative Dialogue VII symposium
7.2.2015 at 4 p.m.
Helsinki Music Centre, Organo, free entrance