Sibelius Summer Academy 2021

In Summer 2021 the Sibelius Academy offered five Summer courses, featuring both Sibelius Academy, Uniarts Helsinki’s own teaching faculty and esteemed international guest teachers.

Most of the courses in 2021 were applicable to Finnish residents only due to the COVID-19 situation. The piano, woodwind and brass classes were offered as pre-recorded online material for the worldwide audience and they remain available on the Sibelius Academy Youtube channel.

Woodwinds @ Sibelius Summer Academy master classes

Due to the COVID 19 situation, our Woodwinds @ Sibelius Summer Academy course in 2021 was organised completely online, offering several pre-recorded master classes by the Sibelius Academy woodwind faculty. 

Early Music @ Sibelius Summer Academy August 7 to 13 2021

During the first edition of the Early Music @ Sibelius Summer Academy course, G.F. Händel’s oratorio Semele was trained and performed on the course under the direction of conductor Eamonn Dougan. Sibelius Academy visiting lecturer Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch acted as orchestra master. The performance of the work was organised in collaboration with BRQ Vantaa Festival and chamber choir Audite on August 13th 2021 in the Sibelius Academy Concert Hall and streamed online through the University of the Arts Helsinki Youtube channel. The live stream is available online until the end of 2021


  • 1. violin: Ahola Laura, Kim Irina, Koivunen Aaron
  • 2. Violin: Carlsson-Perkkiö Anna, Elefante Marco, Lempinen Milja
  • Viola: Talen Kristiina: Majuri Pietari
  • Cello: Randvere Johanna, Arjas Päivi, Hirvonen Kristiina, Oksanen Tähti
  • Double bass; Myllynen Niilo
  • Harpsichord : Kozlovski Kirill, Manninen Kirsti, Pettersson-Fernholm Sofia
  • Lute: Wikla Arto
  • Guitar: Taimioja Teuvo
  • Harp: Pulakka Maaria
  • Oboe: Kinoshita Nahoko, Markkanen Juuli
  • Bassoon: Siemiankowska Agnieszka, Heikkinen Seppo
  • Trumpet: Kiukkonen Eero, Savolainen Emmi
  • Horn: Hirvonen Merituuli, Kemetti Otto
  • Timpani: Kiviniemi Patrik


  • Athamas: Anna Erokhina
  • Jupiter: Akseli Ferrand
  • Cadmos: Greggory Haueter
  • Juno: Ruut Mattila
  • Semele 3: Olivia Moss
  • Iris: Tanja Niemelä
  • Ino: Lotta Pylkäs
  • Somnus / priest: Janne Sihvo
  • Semel 1-2: Aleksiina Turtiainen
  • Apollo: Niilo Erkkilä

Vocal Ensemble @ Sibelius Summer Academy
16-21 August 2021

Iris Oja and Chris Owen from the Theatre of Voices visited the course for vocal ensembles. The focus of the course was on repertoire composed between 1570 and 1830, with particular emphasis on the following repertoire:

1. Vocal quartets by Joseph Haydn
2. A selection of late 18th-century English Glees
3. Claudio Monteverdi: Sestina – Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’amata
4. Heinrich Schütz: Musikalische Exequien
Theatre of Voices was established by Paul Hillier in 1990 in the UK. It now has its permanent base in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The ensemble is known for its extensive repertoire of contemporary music, often juxtaposed with early music. Its programmes feature many of the most eminent composers of recent times, including Kaija Saariaho, Heiner Goebbels, Berio, Pärt, Reich, Cage, Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and Stockhausen, while among its current favourite ‘early’ composers are Perotin, Dowland and Buxtehude.