Sibelius Academy in central Helsinki
The Sibelius Academy (Finnish: Sibelius-Akatemia, Swedish: Sibelius-Akademin) is part of the University of the Arts Helsinki and a university-level music school which operates in Helsinki and Kuopio, Finland. It also has an adult education centre in Järvenpää and a training centre in Seinäjoki. The Academy is the only music university in Finland. It is among the biggest European music universities with roughly 1,700 enrolled students.
The academy was founded in 1882 by Martin Wegelius as Helsingfors musikinstitut ("Helsinki Music Institute") and renamed Sibelius-Akatemia in 1939 to honour its own former student and Finland's most celebrated composer Jean Sibelius. In 2013, the academy merged with two formerly independent universities, Theatre Academy Helsinki and Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, to form the University of the Arts Helsinki.
The primary degree at the Sibelius Academy is the Master of Music (MMus) degree. The school also offers postgraduate degrees with artistic and research options. The postgraduate degrees are the Licentiate of Arts in Music Lic.A. (Mus.) and the doctoral degree of Doctor of Arts in Music D.A. (Mus.)
The Academy offers the following degree programmes:
- Degree Programme in Church Music
- Degree Programme in Composition and Music Theory
- Degree Programme in Folk Music
- Degree Programme in Jazz Music
- Degree Programme in Orchestral and Choral Conducting
- Degree Programme in Music Education
- Degree Programme in Music Technology
- Degree Programme in Music Performance
- Degree Programme in Vocal Music
- Degree Programme in Arts Management
Notable students and faculty (past and present)
- Kalevi Aho
- Erik Bergman
- Paavo Heininen, former professor of composition
- Tuomas Kantelinen
- Pekka Kostiainen, composer and choral conductor
- Magnus Lindberg
- Jaakko Mäntyjärvi
- Erkki Melartin, student/composer/professor/Director Helsinki Conservatory
- Veli-Matti Puumala, professor of composition
- Einojuhani Rautavaara
- Kaija Saariaho
- Aulis Sallinen
- Jean Sibelius
- Leo Funtek (1885–1965), violinist, conductor, arranger and music professor
- Pietari Inkinen, violinist, and conductor
- Sasha Mäkilä, assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra
- Sakari Oramo, conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra
- Jorma Panula, conductor, composer and teacher
- Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, former conductor of the LA Philharmonic, composer
- Jukka-Pekka Saraste, former conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
- David Searle, orchestral conductor of The Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra
- Leif Segerstam, conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
- Ulf Söderblom, Principal Conductor of the Finnish National Opera (1973–1993), taught at the Sibelius Academy and conducted its orchestras from 1965 to 1968
- Osmo Vänskä, music director of the Minnesota Orchestra
- Juhani Aaltonen, Finnish jazz saxophonist and flautist
- Linda Brava, violinist
- Gerard Le Feuvre, cellist and founder of the Kings Chamber Orchestra
- Simon Ghraichy (1985), pianist
- Tuija Hakkila (1959), pianist
- Kari Kriikku, clarinetist
- Matias Kupiainen, lead guitarist of the band Stratovarius
- Pekka Kuusisto, violinist
- Risto Lauriala, pianist
- Max Lilja, cellist in the band Hevein and founding member of Apocalyptica
- Hui-Ying Liu-Tawaststjerna, pianist
- Paavo Lötjönen, cellist in the band Apocalyptica
- Antero Manninen, former cellist in the band Apocalyptica and cellist in the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
- Olli Mustonen, pianist and composer
- Arto Noras, cellist, student of Paul Tortelier
- Mikko Paananen, known as Mige, bassist of the band HIM
- Martti Pokela, founder of the folk music department and former professor of the kantele
- Aku Raski aka Huoratron, electro house and chiptune musician
- Martti Rousi, cello teacher
- Antti Siirala, winner of the Dublin, Leeds, and Beethoven international piano competitions
- Eicca Toppinen, cellist in the band Apocalyptica
- Perttu Kivilaakso, cellist in the band Apocalyptica, former Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
- Kim Borg, bass
- Monica Groop, mezzo-soprano
- Tommi Hakala, baritone, winner of the 2003 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition
- Jorma Hynninen, baritone
- Soile Isokoski, soprano
- Topi Lehtipuu, tenor
- Peter Lindroos, tenor (was both a student and teacher at the academy)
- Karita Mattila, soprano, winner of the 1983 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition
- Jyrki Niskanen, tenor
- Arja Saijonmaa, singer
- Petteri Salomaa, bass-baritone
- Tarja Turunen, soprano, former singer of the symphonic metal band Nightwish
- Soila Sariola, singer of the double platinum awarded and multiple gold winning vocal ensemble Rajaton
- Matti Salminen, bass
- Paula Vesala, singer of PMMP
- Martti Wallén, opera singer
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