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Sibelius Academy welcomes six new visiting professors in 2020

The Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) has decided to invite six international stars of their respective fields as visiting professors: pianist Robert Levin; improvisation expert David Dolan; Professor, baritone Andreas Schmidt; harpsichordist and conductor Lars Ulrik Mortensen; Professor of Cultural Policy Franco Bianchini; and harpist Emmanuel Ceysson. They will come to Finland as part of the International Visitor Programme, which was launched by the Sibelius Academy in the beginning of 2019.

Besides teaching and leading artistic projects, the new visiting professors are also expected to share new perspectives on students’ process of building an artist’s identity, as well as ideas about career planning and the development of the education offered by the Sibelius Academy. The goal is to utilise their expertise, experience and contacts to the maximum potential.

- We hope that the international forerunners who visit us will form a bond with the Sibelius Academy and inspire students by showing diverse examples of interesting ways of developing artistic practices, content and competence, says Dean of Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy Kaarlo Hildén.

Esteemed professionals and students team up in classrooms and on stage

Some of the international professionals who were part of the International Visitor Programme in 2019 will continue their work in 2020. The following 21 new professionals are among the new additions to the programme next year: brass musicians Laurence WoudenbergKaty WoolleyOmar TomasoniMiroslav PetkovHans Alting, Jörgen van Rijen and Perry Hoogendijk, conductor Larry Rachleff, sound artist Jana Winderen, violinist Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, De Ridder Ensemble, guitarists Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela, and folk musician Ale Möller.

The programme has been established with financial support from the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation and the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation. The visiting teachers will work alongside students usually in periods of one year or two years at a time. Thanks to the long-term commitment to the programme, students and teachers will get to collaborate and take the artistic ideas that they come up with in classrooms and make them a reality on concert stages.

Summer courses for pianists, brass musicians, ensemble singers and arts management experts

Some of the courses in the Visitor Programme are arranged as part of the international Sibelius Summer Academy, which was launched in summer 2019. The programme for summer 2020 includes an event for brass musicians featuring classes and concerts, an international summer school focusing on international arts management and entrepreneurship, as well as a course for pianists on music composed by Ludwig van Beethoven’s contemporaries. Vocal ensemble Theatre of Voices, which paid a visit to the Academy in 2019, will also return to teach another Sibelius Summer Academy course.

- The purpose of the Sibelius Summer Academy is to provide foreigners the opportunity to see what it’s like to study at the Sibelius Academy. For students already studying at our university, the Summer Academy is a chance to complete studies also during the summer months, says Project Manager Terhi Luukkonen.

Further information:
Project Manager Terhi Luukkonen
040 710 4368,