Do you dream of becoming the best instrumentalist ever and refining your skills under the tuition of the best teachers? Is your dream to become an orchestra musician, soloist, chamber musician, or an instrument teacher? At the Sibelius Academy, you can refine your skills in a top-ranking environment. 

In a nutshell

  • Target degree: bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music, master’s degree in music
  • Scope of the degree: BA + MA 180 + 150 study credits (3 yrs. + 2.5 yrs.), master’s degree 150 study credits (2.5 yrs.)
  • Field of art: Music
  • Organiser: The Sibelius Academy
  • Next time to apply: January 2019
  • Studies begin: at the start of the academic year in August
  • Person responsible for the degree programme:  Department Head Päivi Arjas

Objectives and career opportunities

Classical instrument graduates are proficient soloists and versatile chamber and orchestra musicians. At the Helsinki Music Centre Orchestra Academy, launched in 2015, you can gain work experience and create networks with professional orchestra musicians even before graduation.

During your studies, you will become familiar with the key repertoires, styles, techniques, and interpretations of your instrument and the central Western Classical music repertoire for orchestras. You will learn how to practise your instrument in the most effective and beneficial way and how to study independently. You will also gain teaching skills during your studies. In advanced pedagogy studies, you will become familiar with teaching your instrument, from the beginner to professional level, at music schools in the Helsinki metropolitan region. You can also complete the teacher’s pedagogical studies (60 ECTS credits), which qualify you to teach music at comprehensive and upper secondary schools, and in general education.

Graduates will be able to work as intermediaries between culture and other fields. Other career opportunities include, for example, research, administrative duties, media, and entrepreneurship in music.



Kaija Saarikettu
Réka Szilvay
Jaakko Ilves
Pekka Kauppinen
Maarit Kirvessalo-Nummela (violin pedagogy)
Tero Latvala
Päivyt Meller
Merit Palas
Part-time teachers
Petri Aarnio
Yvonne Frye (violin pedagogy)
Janne Malmivaara
Minna Pensola
Silja Raitio-Heikinheimo
Arja Yurtseven (violin pedagogy)
Mari Tampere-Bezrodny
Antti Tikkanen
Seppo Tukiainen
Jari Valo


Teemu Kupiainen
Lilli Maijala
Part-time teachers
Anna Kreetta Gribajcevic​
Atte Kilpeläinen
Tiina Konttinen (viola pedagogy)
Atso Lehto
Pirkko Simojoki
Hanna Pakkala
Helge Valtonen


Martti Rousi
Marko Ylönen (chamber music professor, also cello teaching)
Hannu Kiiski
Roi Ruottinen (on temporary leave)
Raimo Sariola
Part time teachers

Timo Hanhinen
Jaani Helander
Tapani Heikinheimo (cello pedagogy)
Tuomas Lehto
Samuli Peltonen
Tuomas Ylinen

Double bass

Lasse Lagercrantz

Part-time teachers
Aapo Juutilainen
Jiri Parviainen
Panu Pärssinen
Taru Tiusanen (double bass pedagogy)


Chamber Music

Marko Ylönen


Adjunct Professor
Paavo Pohjola

Martti Rautio

Performance coaching

Päivi Arjas (Head of Department)

How to apply

Links to the admissions guides and more information about applying can be found on the admissions page. The next application period to the University of the Arts Helsinki is in January 2019.

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Contact information

All University of the Arts Helsinki e-mail addresses are in the form firstname.lastname (at)

Päivi Arjas
Lecturer, Head of Department

Raimo Sariola
Lecturer, Deputy Head of Department


siba.admissions (at)