Fortepiano (main instrument)

Seize a globally unique opportunity! Get a master’s degree in fortepiano and increase your knowledge in music composed in the 1700s and 1800s.

keyboard of a fortepiano

Why study here?

The Sibelius Academy is one of the few European institutions that offer master’s studies in fortepiano. We give you the chance to hone your skills in playing this unique historical instrument and learn more about music composed between the years 1730 and 1850, in particular.

Content and objective of the programme

The 2.5-year master’s studies in fortepiano include e.g. individual instruction in historical instruments, chamber music on period instruments, lied work, continuo playing and training in performance practices. The Sibelius Academy has several historical pianos in its use, including a Walter copy (1790), a Graf copy (1828), a Schröter (1840) and an Erard (1889). As a student, you will have the opportunity to play all of these instruments.

With fortepiano as your major, you will develop the skills needed for independent artistic work and learn to master the playing technique and styles required by the central repertoire written for fortepiano. The studies prepare you for a professional life as a soloist, chamber musician or a pedagogue.


Applying to the programme

Our University is one of the most sought-after places to study in Finland. Browse the admissions statistics from previous years.

Doctoral studies

It is possible to complete a licentiate and a doctoral degree at the University as a third-cycle degree. After graduating with a master’s degree, you will have the option to apply for doctoral studies in music and specialise in research-oriented, artistic or applied doctoral studies.

You can apply to

Degree Programme in Classical Music Performance, main instrument: fortepiano

  • master’s (2,5 years)

Target degree

Master of Music (MMus)


Sibelius Academy


English, Finnish, Swedish Read more about language skill requirements

Tuition fee

Annual tuition fee €5,000 for students from outside the EU and EEA countries.
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Application period

Next possible time to apply is in January 2022. Studies begin in August 2022.

Persons in charge

Niklas Pokki
Department Head

Tuija Hakkila