Academy Winds

Wood and brass instrument students can apply periodically to participate in our own wind instrument ensemble.

Academy Winds


Since the Sibelius Academy in 2001, in close affiliation with the Finnish Military Music Division, launched the wind band conducting program the Finnish wind band world has flourished and is today one of Europe’s most thriving wind music scenes with an unprecedented number of composers who write directly for the wind medium.

The Academy Winds found its present form in 2012 when Peter Ettrup Larsen as newly appointed leader of the wind band conducting program formally initiated the ensemble. Just like the world famous Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra (est. 1916), the Sibelius Academy Wind Ensemble does not meet on a weekly basis. The players are pulled from the student body and assembled for 4-6 days of rehearsals prior to performing a concert, just like any professional orchestra or ensemble.

The appearance at the Midwest Clinic 2014 was the ensemble’s first international endeavor. Academy Winds is coordinated by lecturer of wind orchestra conducting Petri Komulainen.

Since Autumn 2016, also separate brass- and woodwind ensembles Academy Brass and Academy Woodwinds begun their journey. Brass and woodwind ensembles are coordinated by professors Pasi Pirinen (brass) and Harri Mäki (woodwinds) together with lecturer of wind orchestra conducting Petri Komulainen.

Contact information

  • Nina Lackman

    Manager, S/Study services for orchestral instruments, Sibelius Academy

Petri Komulainen

Harri Mäki
professor (Academy Woodwinds)

Pasi Pirinen
professor (Academy Brass)

Read more about wind instrument and conducting studies at the Sibelius Academy