Sibelius Academy and Juilliard joint symphony orchestra on tour the 26th Aug - 5th Sep 2017

Project presentation

The Sibelius Academy and The Juilliard School – two of the world’s top music schools – will join forces and form a joint symphony orchestra to celebrate Finland’s centenary.

The student orchestra will give concerts in Helsinki, Stockholm and New York under the great Esa-Pekka Salonen, an alumnus of the Sibelius Academy. The tour programme combines tradition with youthful enthusiasm, featuring Four Legends from the Kalevala by Jean Sibelius, Mania by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Radical Light by an American composer Steven Stucky, the latter inspired by Sibelius’s symphonies. Jonathan Roozeman, a young Finnish cellist, will appear as the soloist in Salonen’s work.



A documentary about companionship, intense rehearsing and passion for classical music. The classical music students of the Sibelius Academy of Uniarts Helsinki are preparing for the joint orchestra tour of the Sibelius Academy and Juilliard School on summer 2017. The document is also following the tour in Helsinki and New York from the 22nd August to the 8th September 2017. The documentary was released on October the 31st, 2017.

The main characters of the documentary are violin major students Essi Höglund and Elisar Riddelin, trombone major student Danna Collette Nelson and percussion major student Jerry Piipponen. How does it feel to grow to music professional?


Part 1: Practise makes perfect!

Part 2: Personal time

Part 3: Between two cultures

Part 4: Future