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.


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.  The distinguished visiting artists work alongside students and teachers at the Sibelius Academy mainly in periods of one or two years at a time. The programme was realised for the first time in 2019. Some of the visits are organised as a part of the new Sibelius Summer Academy.

Visiting professors

Emmanuel Ceysson (b. 1984) is the principal harpist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Before playing at the Met, he was the principal harpist of the Orchestra of the Opéra National de Paris. He has worked as a teacher at various internationally esteemed institutions, such as the Royal Academy of Music in London and Mannes School of Music in New York. Ceysson has also won numerous international competitions.

David Dolan

Professor David Dolan (b. 1955) specialises in teaching improvisation for classical musicians through chamber music. He works as a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at the Yehudi Menuhin School and tours regularly around the world as a teacher. Dolan’s teaching constitutes a process, in which musicians learn to improvise in the style of different composers and simultaneously become liberated in their own artistic expression. Dolan’s students gain a new understanding of harmonic structures in music and through this process, learn to interpret compositions in a more profound way.

Dana Hall

Dana Hall is an American jazz drummer, composer, bandleader and ethnomusicologist, He serves as a professor and director of jazz studies at DePaul University in Chicago. His expertise is a combination of high-level musicianship, academic research and pedagogical skills. Besides instrument-based teaching, Hall also provides instruction in ensemble playing, pedagogy, music history and ethnomusicology. In his doctoral dissertation, Hall examined soul music in Philadelphia during the Black Power movement in the 1960s and 1970s. The purpose of his professorship is to strengthen the understanding of African American cultural tradition in the academy’s Department of Jazz and to further develop cooperation with American universities.

Neil Heyde

Professor Neil Heyde is the head of the postgraduate programmes at the Royal Academy of Music and a professor of music at the University of London. He is also a cellist, and he has played as a member of the Kreutzer quartet since the 1990s, among other ensembles. As a researcher, Heyde is interested in the ways that musicians communicate with each other and in the relationship that a musician has with their instrument. He has served as a member of the REF (Research Excellence Framework) expert panel in music, dance, drama and performing arts in the UK and given lectures in major conferences and events around the world on his own research practices and ways to develop practice-driven research. Under his leadership, RAM has developed a distinctive practice-driven research culture at both master’s and doctoral levels.

Robert Levin

Harvard Professor Emeritus Robert Levin (b. 1947) is one of the most prominent authorities, researchers and performers of our time when it comes to keyboard music in the Classical period as well as one of the world’s most noted experts on music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He has visited Finland several times prior to this both as a teacher and a performer. In his teaching, Levin utilises his background as a musicologist and theorist in an innovative way. He is one of the world’s best at improvising in different styles, an esteemed pianist and a fortepianist, who is capable of providing students with new perspectives on music through his unique expertise.

Andreas Schmidt

Professor, baritone Andreas Schmidt (b. 1960) is one of the most significant German vocalists of his generation. He has an internationally acclaimed career in both concert and opera music. Schmidt has starred in opera’s greatest baritone roles in some of the most prestigious opera houses around the world and performed as a soloist for nearly all of the most prominent symphony orchestras of our time. Schmidt is especially highly respected as a lied singer. Schmidt was appointed professor at the Dresden College of Music in 2007 and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich in 2010. He also serves regularly on juries of international singing competitions, and he has taught various masterclasses all over the world.

Lars Ulrik Mortensen

Harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen (b. 1955) is a leading figure when it comes to world-class expertise in early music. He is a distinguished pedagogue and a highly sought-after soloist, chamber musician and conductor around the world. He has been the artistic director of the Baroque orchestra Concerto Copenhagen since 1999 and the musical director of the European Union Baroque Orchestra since 2004. Currently, Mortensen teaches at the Mozarteum University Salzburg and at the Juilliard School in New York, among other institutions.

Franco Bianchini

PhD Franco Bianchini is a world-renowned expert on cultural policy, urban regeneration, cultural diversity and related innovations, as well as sustainable future. Currently, Bianchini is Professor of Cultural Policy and Director of the Institute for Research on Culture and the Creative Industries at the University of Hull in Great Britain.

Distinguished visiting artists

A cappella: Theatre of Voices

Paul Hillier
Else Torp
Signe Asmussen
Paul Bentley-Angell
Jakob Bloch Jespersen


Jian Wang

Choir conducting

Jaan-Eik Tulve
Justin Doyle

Music technology

Rodolphe Alexis
Dinah Bird
Natasha Barrett

Orchestra conducting

Roger Norrington
Peter Eötvös


Peter Krasinski
Balázs Szabó

Pop music production and composing

Sean Holt

Woodwind instruments

Emily Beynon
Alexei Ogrinchouk
Calogero Palermo
Gustavo Núñez
Sophie Cherrier
Dominik Wollenweber
Claude Delangle


Jean-Jacques Kantorow

Sibelius Summer Academy

Sibelius Summer Academy is a summer study program offered by the Sibelius Academy, It offers young talents a chance to work and perform together with world-class teachers, artists and other students in an encouraging and inspiring international environment with state-of-the-art facilities. Part bof the Sibelius Summer Academy programme is realized within the International Visitor Programme.

Contact information for the project

    • Terhi Luukkonen

    • Specialist, Tuottajat Sibelius-Akatemia, Sibelius Academy
    • +358407104368

Project name

International Visitor Programme




Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation
Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation

Lead organisation

Sibelius Academy