Creative Dialogue

Creative Dialogue is an international workshop for young instrumentalist and composers to learn new repertoire and experience the creative dialogue between music and its performers.

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Throughout its eleven years of operation, the Creative Dialogue workshop has already united nearly one hundred composers and musicians from around the world.

Instrumentalists and composers usually study in the same educational institutions. Nonetheless, composition students rarely get the chance to work with musicians. Cellist Anssi Karttunen and composers Kaija Saariaho and Magnus Lindberg created the Creative Dialogue workshop concept in 2008 in collaboration with the Sibelius Academy to open up new horizons and create new dialogue between young artists. Since then, these workshops have been an integral part of international activities of the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki.

The first six Creative Dialogue workshops were held at the Acequia Madre House in Santa Fe, United States. In 2015, the workshop was held for the first time in Finland at the Kallio-Kuninkala course center in Järvenpää. Since then, the Creative Dialogue has been organized alternatively  in Finland and the United States. The workshop helps students to network and work closely together and deepen their understanding of how the relationships between composers and performers have influenced the history of music. Over the years, the workshops have been taught by Anssi Karttunen, Kaija Saariaho and Magnus Lindberg and visiting teachers like flutist Chen Halevi and soprano Barbara Hannigan, among others.

Collaborating universities

Teachers 2008-2019

  • Anssi Karttunen, 2008 – 2012, 2014 – 2019
  • Kaija Saariaho, 2008, 2015, 2017, 2019
  • Magnus Lindberg, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018
  • Timo Korhonen, 2011
  • Chen Halevi, 2012
  • Barbara Hannigan, 2014
  • Tuija Hakkila, 2015
  • John Paul Jones, 2016
  • David Poissonnier, 2017, 2018
  • Daniel Belcher, 2019


  1. Matthew Barnson, Juilliard School of Music and Drama
  2. Ben Hackbarth, University of California San Diego
  3. Jouni Hirvelä, Sibelius Academy
  4. Pasi Lyytikäinen, Sibelius Academy
  5. Schuyler Tsuda, University of Minnesota School of Music
  6. Andrew Bergmann, University of Minnesota School of Music
  7. Bryan Jacobs, Columbia University
  8. Yoshiaki Onishi, Columbia University
  9. Yuan Peiying, Cornell University
  10. Zosha Di Castri, Columbia University
  11. Loren Loiacano, Cornell University
  12. Taylor Brook, Columbia University
  13. Juhani Vesikkala, Sibelius Academy
  14. Cecile Marti, Guildhall School of Music 
  15. Artur Akshelyan, Conservatoire de Geneve
  16. Nina Young, Sibelius Academy
  17. Walter Sallinen, Sibelius Academy
  18. Jacob Landau, Juilliard School of Music and Drama
  19. Gonzalo Bustos, Geneva Conservatory
  20. Joseph Howard, Royal Academy of Music, London
  21. Mioko Yokoyama, Sibelius Academy
  22. Ashkan Behzadi, Columbia University
  23. Nuño Fernández, Sibelius Academy
  24. David Bird, säveltäjä, Columbia University, New York
  25. 25. Sophya Polevaya, Royal Academy of Music, London
  26. 26. Jonas Skaarud, Norwegian Music University, Oslo
  27. Kaspar Querfurth, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
  28. Meeri Pulakka, Sibelius Academy
  29. Sinead White, McGill University
  30. Will Bryan, Florida State University
  31. Eirik Fosstveit, Norges Musikhøgskola 
  32. Auroora Lahti-Hintsala, Sibelius Academy
  33. Antoine Ouvrard, piano, Conservatoire de Paris
  34. Tiffany Valvo Lopez
  35. Carlos Cordeiro
  36. Shi-Wen Fan
  37. Veera Myllyniemi, Sibelius Academy
  38. Rolf Haas, University of Minnesota School of Music
  39. Tuuli Talvitie, Sibelius Academy
  40. Lisa Romain, Mannes College of Music
  41. Grace Youn, Butler School of Music
  42. Miguel Colom, University of the Arts, Berlin
  43. Yoonhee Lee, Amsterdam Conservatory
  44. Wendy Toh, viulu, Eastman School of Music, Rochester
  45. Danielle Daoukayeva, Royal Conservatory, Hague
  46. Onni Toikka, Sibelius Academy
  47. Ester Forsberg, Copenhagen Conservatory
  48. Tim Hansson, Sibelius Academy
  49. Molly Goldman, Eastman School of Music
  50. David Medine,University of California San Diego
  51. Olga Reskalenko, Sibelius Academy
  52. Danika Paskvan, Juilliard School of Music and Drama
  53. Zane Sturme, Det Konglige Danske Musikkonservatorium
  54. Hannah Collins, Yale School of Music
  55. Jacqueline Ludwig, New England Conservatory
  56. Ashley Walters, University of California San Diego
  57. Ramiro Alvarez, University of Michigan
  58. Yotam Baruch, Indiana University
  59. Kacy Clopton, New England Conservatory
  60. Anton Kukkonen, Sibelius Academy
  61. Mariel Roberts, Eastman School of Music
  62. Caroline Stinson, Juilliard School of Music and Drama
  63. Laura Usiskin, Yale School of Music
  64. Hye-Yoon Choi, New England Conservatory
  65. Shannon Hayden, Yale School of Music 
  66. Francesco Mastromatteo, The Butler School of Music (Univ. of Texas)
  67. Aleisha Verner, Juilliard School of Music and Drama
  68. Joel Salvo, Minnesota School of Music
  69. Hannah Addario-Berry, Friends of Sibelius Academy grant
  70. Nathan Harrenstein, The Butler School of Music (University of Texas)
  71. Jaani Helander, Sibelius Academy
  72. Jonathan Lo, Eastman School of Music
  73. Mo Mo, Yale School of Music
  74. Oleksa Mucyk, Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University
  75. Patrick McGuire, Juilliard School of Music and Drama

Photos from the past workshops

Contact information for the project

Project name

Creative Dialogue