Sibelius Academy

The Sibelius Academy is one of the largest music academies in Europe.


The Sibelius Academy is the cornerstone of the Finnish music culture through its expertise in teaching, research and artistic activities. The driving force behind everything we do is our love for music and uncompromising passion for our work. Our primary mission is to foster and renew the music culture. Since 2013, the Sibelius Academy has formed a part of Uniarts Helsinki. It is an internationally recognised centre of learning, a creative community of about 1,500 students and 500 teachers and one of the largest music academies in Europe. The international nature of the academy is reflected in everything we do, from research and teaching to concerts and other activities. In Finland, the Sibelius Academy operates in Helsinki, Kuopio and Seinäjoki.

Growing up to become a musician who knows his or her own creative identity is at the core of all studies at the academy. In addition to mastering their instrument, we want to develop students’ artistic and informational skills and provide them with the ability to apply skills in a variety of contexts in the workplace. Students can choose either to focus on one highly specialised area or acquire a broader set of competencies.

Research interests at the Sibelius Academy include teaching, learning, performing, composing music; the history of musical practices and structures of music; the relationship between music and the mind; musical interaction; the philosophy and aesthetics of music; and the interaction between music and the public and society.

Artistic activities are at the core of both our teaching and the development of students into artists. During their time at the academy students will gain experience in the artistic and practical production and conducting of concerts, various arenas and forms of performance, and interaction with different audiences. The public concerts are a window to the academy’s activities. The roughly 600 annual events form a significant portion of the concerts organised in the Helsinki Metropolitan Region.

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

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.


    • Emilie Gardberg

    • Dean
      Sibelius Academy
    • Contact via the executive assistant: +358 50 339 0990
    • Markus Utrio

    • Vice Dean, Klassisen musiikin osasto, Sibelius Academy
    • +358504013455
    • Juha Ojala

    • Vice Dean, Research and Doctoral education, Sibelius Academy
    • +358504775510