Our projects

See all our research projects as well as development and international co-operation projects.

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Project name Project time Funder
Active Acoustic Augmented Instruments
The project aims to create a seamless integration of acoustic and electronic sound into a single instrumental entity.

Academy of Finland

Active Acoustics – Smart Audio objects at the Interface of the Material and the Digital
Academy of Finland Key Project by Otso Lähdeoja, targets the development of pioneering audio applications combining structure-borne sound and sensor technology into a set of Active Acoustic Objects at the interface of the material and the digital.

Academy of Finland

Aino and Heikki
The research examines Aino Ackté’s and Heikki Renvall’s correspondence.

The foundation of Alfred Kordelin

Alexandria Nova
Alexandria Nova network explores what the art of directing is and how it is taught. It is formed by seven study programmes of directing of different countries together with their partners.

Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

All the Truths We Cannot See: A Chernobyl Story
Follow the exceptional opera collaboration between Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy and the USC Thornton School of Music.

Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation

Artist-activist in post-fossil revolution
Marjatta Oja's research project (2018-2023) explores the empowerment of the artist.
Artistic Collaboration Project (ACO)
The collaborative and multidisciplinary course between Theatre Academy and Aalto University has been organised since 1994.

Uniarts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy & Aalto University

Artistic Dialogue in Urban Environment
In her artistic research (2014-2021), Mari Martin makes art in urban environments in collaboration with others, while reflecting on and testing the concept of dialogue.

University of the Arts Helsinki, Swedish Cultural Foundation & the City of Helsinki

Artistic Doctorates in Europe
Artistic Doctorates in Europe: Third cycle provision in Dance and Performance (ADiE) project is investigating Practice as Research (PaR) inquiries within research level degrees in Dance and Performance.


Beautiful Past – Rethinking Stradivari Violins in the Aesthetics of European Neoclassicism (c. 1760-1814)
Research project (2015-2018) by Christina Linsenmeyer focuses on the canonization of Stradivari violins.

Academy of Finland

Bodies in war, Bodies in Dance
The project researches rhythm, performance and emotions in Finnish military training and capoeira for refugees.

Academy of Finland

Breathing With
Research project (2020-2021) by Miriam Jakob and Jana Unmüßig explores breathing in choreography.

Senat Berlin

Cantatrices Achté
The research concentrates on a correspondence that reveals points of view on the conventions of opera culture.

Svenska Litteratursällskapet i Finland, the foundation of Emil Aaltonen & Oskar Öflunds Stiftelse

City as Space of Rules and Dreaming
The project funded by Kone Foundation (2021-2024) strengthens polyphony of urban space and thereby develops a more just city.

Kone Foundation

Classical Musicians’ Motivation to Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The research is about the challenges that classically-trained musicians faced during the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe and Latin America.
Control and Tax: The Licensing and Taxing Systems of Music and Musicians in late Habsburg Prague, 1894–1918
The research project addresses neglected aspects of the music culture of Prague.

Otto A. Malm Foundation & Kone Foundation

Correspondence with the Past
Elina Saloranta's artistic research examines Finnish singer Elli Forssell.
Creative Dialogue
Creative Dialogue is an annual international workshop for young instrumentalist and composers to learn new repertoire and experience the creative dialogue between music and its performers.
Curriculum as a policy instrument for educational (e)quality of music education in Finland
Research project (2018-) directed by Marja-Leena Juntunen examines issues related to the implementation of the music core curricula in Basic Education and Basic Education in the Arts.

Svenska Kulturfonden, Svensk-Österbottniska samfundet & The Finnish Cultural Foundation

Dance Performance and Choreography – an artistic collaboration on digital platforms
Watch online projects by master’s degree students of Dance Performance and Choreography.
Data Ocean Theatre
The postdoctoral project continues Vincent Roumagnac's artistic research on re-ecologizing theatre.
Dialogue Generation for Radio Drama
The project explores the computational generation of dialogue for radio drama.

YLE, the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Helsinki

Digital Literature
The Digital Literature Project (di.ki) aims to increase knowledge about digital literature and to support creation of new works of art.

The Finnish Cultural Foundation and Promotion Center for Audiovisual Culture AVEK

Embodied Language Learning through the Arts (ELLA)
ELLA is a research project (2021-2024) funded by Kone foundation which investigates how embodied language learning through the arts may generate substantial change within communities.

Kone Foundation

Engraved in the Body: Ways of reading Finnish people’s memories from mental hospitals
Research project (2017-2020) by Kirsi Heimonen investigates different aspects of memories.

Kone Foundation

Equity in Composing
The Equity in Composing project (2019-) aims to reduce gender-based occupational segregation and to advance equal opportunities for participation in the field.

Wegeliuksen muistosäätiö, Musiikin edistämissäätiö (MES) & Suomen Säveltäjät ry

FAST45 investigates alternative futures for institutions of higher arts education in Europe.

European Commission Erasmus+ (The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, EACEA)

Finnish National Ballet 100
Aino Kuokkanen researches the history of the Finnish National Ballet.

Niilo Helander Foundation
Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation
Finnish Cultural Foundation

Folk_ME – Folk Music Education for Future Generations
Folk_ME - Folk Music Education for Future Generations is an innovative education project, what targets public education.


Timo Heino's research project "Food" explores food from different perspectives.
Foreign Study Trips of Finnish Organists
The research project lead by Peter Peitsalo explores Finnish organ art.
Forgotten bagpipes
"Forgotten Bagpipes - The Redesign of the Säkkipilli in Finland" aims at rebuilding the musical instrument and reviving the Finnish Piping tradition
Future Songwriting
The research project by Heidi Partti creates an international network of music teacher educators and a hybrid space for reflection and planning.

Creative Europe Programme, European Union

FUTURED: Music teacher education for the future
The project's research objectives are to challenge the status quo of music teacher education in Norway, and to develop innovative and collaborative practices that could foster students’ collaborative, critical and democratic capacities.
Global Music: SHUTTERSPEED –the play that never happened
Shutterspeed is a "radio play" album created in collaboration with the Porttiteatteri and the Global Music Department of Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki.
Global Visions Through Mobilizing Networks: Co-Developing Intercultural Music Teacher Education in Finland, Israel and Nepal
The research project funded by the Academy of Finland (2015 - 2020) creates an international network of music teacher educators and a hybrid space for reflection and planning.

Academy of Finland

Grabando al caminar
Lea Kantonen researches the arts of indeginous people in Mexico. Grabando al caminar -project took place 2017-2018 and was funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Health, Narrative and the Arts
Health, Narrative and the Arts offers training in narrative skills for professionals in healthcare and social work.

Jenny and Antti Wihuri foundation

How to Do Things with Performance?
What can be done with performance? What actualises when a performance takes place, when it is documented, and when it is written about?

Academy of Finland

Interactivity in Performance Design (Ves)
Degree programmes in lighting and sound design develop teaching curricula and learning environments by researching different intersections and phenomena within contemporary performance.
International Incubators in Fine Arts
The Academy of Fine Arts offers its students and alumni the opportunity to learn more about fine arts in international contexts.

Saastamoinen Foundation

Intersubjectivity in Music; the Perspective of Technological Mediation
Academy Research Fellow Otso Lähdeoja's research objective for the project (2018-2023) is to provide tools for a technologically augmented connection between musicians.

Academy of Finland

Junior Academy regional teaching visits
In this project Sibelius Academy teachers visit music institutions all over Finland. The purpose is to support young people's music hobbies.
LEAD! Orchestra Project 2020
The project provides young musicians with coaching and mentorship to develop their leadership, communication skills and industry awareness.

Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation

Learning in and through the Arts in higher education: Developing shared leadership
This project examines learning and teaching environments in the three academies of the University of the Arts Helsinki.
Letter Correspondence by Jean Sibelius and Aino Ackté
The research project examines correspondence between the years 1899 and 1936.

Svenska kulturfonden

Logomimesis – A Treatise on the performing body
Research project by Esa Kirkkopelto outlines a theory of the performing body.

The Finnish Cultural Foundation

Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees
Although we are often accused of “not seeing the forest for the trees”, this project wants to look at the opposite danger, not seeing the trees for the forest, and focus on individual trees.

The Finnish Cultural Foundation

Metsähallitus cooperation
The collaboration between Uniarts Helsinki and Metsähallitus brings art programme to Vallisaari – an island open for the public.
Microhistorical Perspectives on Female Involvement in Restaurant Music in the Late Nineteenth Century in Europe
The research project by Nuppu Koivisto examines female musicians.
Music and Sound in the History of Finnish non-fiction Cinema
Research project by Kaarina Kilpiö explores sound elements in cinema.
Music education, professionalism and eco-politics
The project identifies new alternative ways of implementing arts education that are environmentally responsible, socially engaged and forward-looking.

Academy of Finland

Music for social impact: practitioners’ contexts, work, and beliefs (2020 – 2022)
The research project aims to examine the growing number of participatory music-making activities being offered to marginilized groups.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Britain

Music, Diplomacy and Cold War
Meri Herrala's research project examines musician's role in the Cold War.
Music, Nature and Environmental Crises
The research project by Juha Torvinen examines the significance of music to our general ecological awareness.

Academy of Finland

New Spaces for a new Society
Jan-Erik Andersson's artistic research discusses different theories of space, place and spatiality.
Nordic Choreographic Platform (NCP)
The Nordic network platform supports the development of artist pedagogy in the field of choreography.
Performing with Plants
The artistic research project develops and specifies the question how to perform landscape today.

Kone Foundation, Swedish Research Council

Poetic Archeology
Research project (2015-2017) stretches the collaboration between art and science.
Politics of Equality in Finnish Opera
The research project by Liisamaija Hautsalo explores Finnish opera in the context of the core value of Finnish society, equality.

Academy of Finland

Post-digital Epistemologies of the Photographic Image (PEPI)
The research project examines the truthfulness of the photographic image.

Academy of Finland

Reconsidering Prototype. The Continuous Prototype as a research method for reading and developing public space
In her artistic research Denise Ziegler creates a prototype of future from a present situation.

University of the Arts Helsinki

Research of grand-scale forms during the Classical era based on contemporary theoretical writings
Veijo Murtomäki's second topic of the research outlines the political connections of Central European composers in the 19th century as well as those of the Finnish music scene.
Rethinking Music Performance in European Higher Education Music Institutions (REACT)
REACT will mobilise a knowledge-creating international cooperative network to develop a new pedagogical model for higher education institutions and to help musicians meet the challenges of working life.


Sibelius Academy’s International Visitor Programme
The programme complements our regular bachelor’s and master’s studies by inviting artists representing the highest level of their fields.

Jane and Aatos Erkko foundation
Jenny and Antti Wihuri foundation

Sibelius Summer Academy
Sibelius Summer Academy is a summer study program for young talents.

Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation
the Wihuri Foundation

Silence Ensemble – In Between Silences
Research project (2015-) by Kirsi Heimonen, Petri Kaverma and Anu Vehviläinen

University of the Arts Helsinki

Structure-borne sound and composite aural spaces in music and intermedia creation
Structure-borne sound can be used to transform the entire performance venue into a macro-scale resonant “instrument”.

Academy of Finland

Subtle Corporealities: Propositions of Resistance for Creative Practitioners
Research project (2020-2022) by Susanna Hast and Maryam Bagheri Nesami develops artistic proposals for resistance and reparation of damage while testing the boundaries of self expression without overt exposure.

Kone foundation

Systems Analysis and the Lyon Model of Music Education
The project examines music education practices in Lyon model and Finnish research on institutional social innovations and systems analysis.
TAKING BACK THE MUSEUM – Opening the Space of Community Museums to Recover the Art of Indigenous People
The project aims to decolonize art and museology in order to to recover the art and knowledge of Indigenous communities.

Kone foundation

Tallinn 67 -Jazzfestival
Heli Reimann's research project focuses on the history of jazz festival Tallinn 67.

Kone Foundation

Artistic research by Satu Olkkonen focuses on events and public performances.

Keski-Suomen rahasto & Kone Foundation

The Artist-Researcher as Witness
The research project by Johanna Lecklin focuses on the position of authority of the artist.
The Arts & Health Collective: Creative Solutions for Complex Challenges
The Arts & Health Collective, by WHO and partner organisations, stimulates interdisciplinary dialogue to identify best practices in and disseminate actionable policy advice on the implementation of arts and health interventions that are socially nuanced, culturally sensitive, and people-centred.

The Nordic Culture Fund together with co-funding from all partners

The Arts as Public Service: Strategic Steps towards Equality (ArtsEqual)
The research initiative funded by the Academy of Finland's Strategic Research Council (2015 - 2021) explores how the arts can meet the social challenges of the 2020s.

Academy of Finland’s Strategic Research Council.

The Asynchronic Manual: A Choreographic Method
Research project by Lynda Gaudreau seeks performance, choreography, and physical and perceptual space.
The attempt of the undomiciled – Fernand Deligny’s performative philosophy and pedagogy
Luis Guerra's research project (2019-2020) addresses Deligny’s thinking as a performative philosophy, i.e. a philosophy in action.
The Body and the Other: Lived Impossibilities in Art and Science
The research project aims at outlining corporeal strangeness, focusing particularly on the uncanny (das Unheimliche), as phenomena and as experience.

Kone Foundation

The Evolvement of the Musical Life in Tampere 1900-1940
Music researcher Markus Mantere examines musical life in Tampere.
The History of Playing the Piano in Finland
The research project outlines the culture of piano playing, its history, conventions and its musical heritage.
The Images of Life and Death
In this artistic research (2015-) Petri Kaverma explores death by building a coffin.
The Music-Related Gestures
Assi Karttunen's research project examines musical gestures.
The Observatory for Arts and Cultural Education, Finland
The project seeks to reinforce the equal accessibility and effectiveness of arts and cultural education and to improve the social status and appreciation of the field.
The Research Pavilion project
The Research Pavilion has been organised in Venice in 2015, 2017, and 2019, and in Helsinki in 2021.

The Louise and Göran Ehrnrooth Foundation (2019 and 2021)

The Transformative Politics of Music Education in an Aging Society
This research project (2019-2022) by Tuulikki Laes explores music learning and performing as ways of promoting ageing identities.

Academy of Finland

Theatre Academy Dance Collective TADaC
A collective of second year master's students in dance performance and a platform for their thesis projects.
Three Times a Decade
Three Times a Decade is both a media art project, and a study about the practices of the internet culture, namely about the video blogs.
Transforming Musicianship – Musicians’ Learner Identity
The research project led by Dr. Guadalupe López-Íñiguez aims at renewing learning and performance practices in classical music.

Academy of Finland

Translocal Cultural Fields – Music as a Cultural and Economic Enterprise in the Four Biggest Cities in Finland, 1900–1939
The study lead by Vesa Kurkela examines musical activity in the four biggest cities in Finland in the first four decades of the 20th century.

Academy of Finland

Unveiling The Mystery Of Harmony
Research project about memory for harmony (2016-2021) lead by professor Tuire Kuusi, main researcher PhD Ivan Jimenez.
Vision 2030 for Finnish Music Education
The aim of the joint vision of the project is to ensure that goal-oriented and high-quality music studies and activities are possible everywhere in Finland also in the future.
The project's main objective is to develop new perspectives to place- and site-responsive practices and produce artworks that emerge from engaging with the critical material of speculative fiction, astrobiology, astronomical data, and queer theory.

Suomen Kulttuurirahasto

Yes, Address Me as a Location
A research on “dis-orientation” as choreographic strategy.