Sibelius Summer Academy offers three international summer classes in 2019

The Academy will welcome artists of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic as visiting teachers during the woodwind week in June. In August, the Academy will offer an organ master class with the focus on improvisation for silent films, while members of the vocal ensemble Theatre of Voices will share their insights on a cappella singing.

The Sibelius Summer Academy is the international summer school of the University of the Arts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy that will be launched in summer 2019 and offer classes taught by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and instructors. The new summer school will offer non-Finnish students, in particular, the chance to experience the internationally renowned music training of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

The first class of the summer school will be dedicated to woodwinds and taught by woodwind teachers from the Sibelius Academy and musicians from esteemed European orchestras. Instructors who have been invited to teach in the class are flautists Emily Beynon (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), Sophie Cherrier (Ensemble intercontemporain) and Petri Alanko (Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy), oboists Dominik Wollenweber (Berlin Philharmonic) and Veera Pesu (Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy), clarinettists Calogero Palermo (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), Harri Mäki (Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy) and Christoffer Sundqvist (Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra), saxophonists Claude Delangle (Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris) and Joonatan Rautiola (Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy), and bassoonists Dag Jensen (Norwegian Academy of Music, University of Music and Performing Arts Munich) and Jussi Särkkä (Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius 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.

Organ and church music students as well as teenagers between the age of 13 and 18 are invited to participate in the Organ Academy class with the theme of music improvisation for silent films. One of the international teachers in the class will be American Peter Krasinski, who is specialised in the art of live improvised silent film accompaniment. Other teachers in the class will be Hungarian organ artist Balázs Szabó, Sibelius Academy professors Olli Porthan and Timo Kiiskinen, along with Markku Hietaharju, Liisa Ahlberg, Tomi Satomaa, Tommi Niskala, Irina Niskala and Susanne Kujala. Participants in the class will also visit Martti Porthan’s organ workshop in Janakkala. The Organ Academy master class will be organised in cooperation with the Finland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists on 1–7 August.

One of the world’s foremost vocal ensembles, the Grammy Award winning Theatre of Voices will teach a summer class on 19–24 August. The class will focus on classical a cappella singing and give the students the opportunity to practise a cappella repertoire, ranging from medieval to contemporary music. 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. The class will be open both to vocal ensembles and individual vocalists.

Participants who aren’t students of the Sibelius Academy will be selected to the class based on admissions. Registration will open on 15 January 2019, and the application form can be found on the Sibelius Summer Academy’s website. Sibelius Academy students, however, register to classes via WebOodi.

Further information:
Terhi Luukkonen
Project Manager, Sibelius Summer Academy
040 710 4368,


The Sibelius Summer Academy is the international summer school of Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy offering classes taught by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and instructors. Classes are open both to the Academy’s students and to outside applicants. The Sibelius Summer Academy will offer its first classes in summer 2019.