Sibelius Academy’s International Visitor Programme is launched in January 2019

The Sibelius Academy has invited 29 artists representing the top of their respective fields from around the world to join the International Visitor Programme. They will work at the Academy during periods of a couple of years.

The Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) has now selected the artists who will be participating in the new International Visitor Programme. The visiting teachers will work alongside students usually in periods of one year or two years at a time. This long-term engagement makes it possible to carry out an artistic project of the students, starting from the planning all the way to the completion.

The Woodwind Department has invited esteemed musicians from European orchestras to join the Programme as teachers in 2019–2021. Several section leaders of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will visit the Academy: flautist Emily Beynon, oboist Alexei Ogrinchouk, clarinettist Calogero Palermo and bassoonist Gustavo Núñez. Other musicians invited to the Programme include flautist Sophie Cherrier (Ensemble intercontemporain), oboist Dominik Wollenweber (Berlin Philharmonic), clarinettist Michael Collins (Royal Academy of Music, London) and saxophonist Claude Delangle (Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris). Many of them will begin their work in Finland by teaching a class focusing on woodwinds at the Sibelius Summer Academy. The public can come and observe the open master classes and hear the students and teachers play in concerts at the Helsinki Music Centre on 1–8 June.

One of the world’s foremost vocal ensembles, the Grammy Award winning Theatre of Voices has been invited to teach in the Programme in 2019–2021. Founder of the group Paul Hillier, along with soprano Else Torp, mezzo soprano Signe Asmussen, tenor Paul Bentley-Angell and bass baritone Jakob Bloch Jespersen will come to Helsinki as visiting teachers and hold a summer class on 19–24 August. The class will focus on classical a cappella singing and give students the opportunity to practise a cappella repertoire, ranging from medieval to contemporary music.

The Academy’s international guests in the organ and church music programme in 2019 will be organ artists Peter Krasinski and Balázs Szabó. They will be teaching an Organ Academy class at the Sibelius Summer Academy. The theme of the class will be music improvisation for silent films.

Other guests in the Visitor Programme include international stars of orchestral conducting Roger Norrington and Peter Eötvös, chamber music specialist, violinist Jean-Jacques Kantorow, and cellist Jian Wang. Specialist of Gregorian chant Jaan-Eik Tulve and conductor Justin Doyle, on the other hand, will share their insights on choral conducting.

The guests of the Department of Music Technology will be Rodolphe Alexis and Dinah Bird, who will carry out a project titled Mobile Sonic Walks, which aims to raise the profile of the cultural hub located in the Töölönlahti area. The Department of Music Technology will also host Natasha Barrett during a week-long visit.

Assistant Professor Sean Holt from the USC Thornton School of Music will come to Helsinki in the spring term for about a year to share his knowledge on composing and producing pop music. Students’ compositions will be performed in the Programme’s final concert in 2020.

New artists will join the International Visitor Programme in the upcoming years. The duration of the visits will vary – studies may be organised as one-off classes or longer study modules lasting up to two years.

The International Visitor Programme complements the regular bachelor’s and master’s studies offered by Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy by inviting artists who represent the highest talent level of their respective fields to come and teach in Finland. They will work alongside students and teachers at the Sibelius Academy periodically, usually in periods of one year or two years at a time. Classes may be organised partially in cooperation with the Sibelius Summer Academy. The Programme will be available for the first time in 2019, and it has received financial support from the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation and Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation.

Further information: Terhi Luukkonen, Project Manager
040 710 4368,