Sibelius Academy

We are one of the largest music academies in Europe and provide the highest level of music education in Finland.


The internationally renowned Sibelius Academy has trained thousands of artists and music experts since 1882. We are proud of our heritage and we consider preserving and updating music culture as our fundamental task. Uncompromising enthusiasm for getting things done and a love for music are at the core of our activities. Each year, we have been ranked among the world’s best institutions of higher education in the performing arts (QS World University Rankings by Subject).

The cornerstones of our operations are teaching, research, and artistic activities. We are one of Europe’s largest music academies and an international community of about 1,400 students and 500 teachers.

The focus of the studies is for students to grow into professional artists who know their own creative identity. We strengthen students’ artistic skills and knowledge and prepare them for their careers. On their individual study paths, students can focus on a specialised area or develop wide-ranging artistic professionalism.

Research and musical practices interact closely at the Sibelius Academy. The topics of our research include, for example, the following: producing, performing, receiving, teaching, and learning music; the history of musical practices; musical structures; musical interaction; the philosophy and aesthetics of music; and the interaction of music, the public, and society.

Public concerts are an essential part of how our students grow to become artists. We showcase our artistic activities in about a thousand concerts and other events each year. The events are held at the core of Helsinki’s cultural life, at the Helsinki Music Centre.

Contact information


Student services

Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki
P.O.Box 30
00097 Uniarts


At the Sibelius Academy, you can complete a bachelor’s and master’s of music degree, a licentiate degree and a doctoral degree. We also provide youth and adult education.


Research and music practices are closely intertwined at the Sibelius Academy.

Artistic activities and events

Artistic activities culminate in public concerts, most of which are held at the Helsinki Music Centre.

An international learning environment

There are many ways to cooperate with us

  • Friends of Sibelius Academy

    The Friends of Sibelius Academy is a US-based foundation dedicated to promoting Sibelius Academy projects and artistic work.

  • Sibelius Academy Friends Association (Sibelius-Akatemian ystävät ry)

    Sibelius Academy Friends Association is a Finnish association for those interested in the academy’s concert offerings, teaching and research.

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