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Elisabeth Järnefelt exhibition in Järvenpää

An exhibition is being mounted at Järvenpää Art Museum focusing on Elisabeth Järnefelt (1839–1929), ‘the mother of Finnish art and culture’, and Jean Sibelius’s mother-in-law.

Born in St Petersburg, Elisabeth married August Alexander Järnefelt in 1857 and settled with him in Helsinki. Among their children were  the writer Arvid, the painter Erik and the conductor and composer Armas. Their daughter Aino married Jean Sibelius. Elisabeth Järnefelt was also a good friend of the writer Juhani Aho. Elisabeth Järnefelt became a central figure in Finnish culture, hosting a salon in Helsinki, centred around Nordic, Finnish and Russian literature but also discussing politics, religion and equality. She promoted the Finnish language and was a follower of the Tolstoyan movement.

The exhibition runs for most of Finland’s centenary year, from 11 February until 1 October 2017. On display are works of art, photographs and other artefacts relating to the fascinating story of Elisabeth Järnefelt’s life; there  will also be video presentations.

During the exhibition’s run there will be a number of additional lectures and presentations on various topics.

Address: Järvenpään taidemuseo / Järvenpää Art Museum,
Kirjastokatu 8,
FIN-04400 Järvenpää,
Finland
E-mail: taidemuseo@jarvenpaa.fi
Tel.: 00358-40 315 3881
Opening times: February–April: Weds–Sun 10am–5pm
May–September: Tues–Sun 11am–6pm
Entrance: €7/6/4 or with Museum Card

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Third International Sibelius Singing Competition: The Winners

Aarne Pelkonen (Photo: © Heikki Tuuli)
Aarne Pelkonen (Photo: © Heikki Tuuli)

The Finnish baritone Aarne Pelkonen has won the Third International Sibelius Singing Competition in Järvenpää, Finland. The Finnish mezzo-soprano Erica Back won the second prize and the Finnish soprano Hanna Rantala the third prize.

First prize is worth €12,000, second prize €6,000 and third prize €3,000. The winner will be invited to appear with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2015–16 season, and the special prize – a Lied recital at the Lahti Sibelius Festival on 6th September 2015 – was awarded to Erica Back.

The Classical Music Department of the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle) awarded the Yle Prize, an invitation to make a recording for Yle, to Aarne Pelkonen. The Sibelius family gave a special prize for the best non-Finnish interpretation: the volumes of  solo songs in the ‘Jean Sibelius Works’ critical edition. This was awarded to the Estonian mezzo-soprano Tuuri Dede.

www.sibeliussinging.fi

Source: Press Release, Third International Sibelius Singing Competition

Third International Sibelius Singing Competition: Finalists

The Jury has selected six competitors for the finals in the Third International Sibelius Singing Competition in Järvenpää, Finland. The singers continuing in the competition are

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Erica Back, mezzo-soprano, Finland

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Tuuri Dede, mezzo-soprano, Estonia

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Sanna Matinniemi, soprano, Finland

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Aarne Pelkonen, baritone, Finland

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Hanna Rantala, soprano, Finland

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Artur Rozek, baritone, Poland

All photos © Heikki Tuuli

The finals will be held at the Järvenpää Hall at 7 pm on Saturday 25th April.

First prize is worth €12,000, second prize €6,000 and third prize €3,000. The winner will be invited to appear with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2015–16 season, and a special prize will be awarded in the form of a Lied recital at the Lahti Sibelius Festival on 6th September 2015.

Yle Radio 1 will be broadcasting the finals of the competition live. The finals will also be streamed live at www.yle.fi/klassinen. Video recordings of the preliminary round and semi-finals are posted on the competition website during the competition week.

Tickets from Lippupiste outlets

Further information:
Terhi Luukkonen, Secretary General
Tel. +358 40 710 4368
terhi.luukkonen@uniarts.fi
www.sibeliussinging.fi

Source: Press release 25/3/2015

Third International Sibelius Singing Competition: Semi-finalists

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Katariina Heikkilä / Sanna Matinniemi / Laura Mäkitalo / Hannakaisa Nyrönen /
Elisabet Petsalo / Hanna Rantala / Artur Rozek
Photos: © Heikki Tuuli

The Jury has selected 13 competitors for the Semi-Finals of the Third International Sibelius Singing Competition in Järvenpää, Finland. The singers continuing in the competition are:

Erica Back, mezzo-soprano, Finland
Tuuri Dede, mezzo-soprano, Estonia
Katariina Heikkilä, mezzo-soprano, Finland
Sanna Matinniemi, soprano, Finland
Laura Mäkitalo, mezzo-soprano, Finland
Hannakaisa Nyrönen, soprano, Finland
Robert Näse, baritone, Finland
Aarne Pelkonen, baritone, Finland
Anna-Maija Perttunen, soprano, Finland
Elisabet Petsalo, mezzo-soprano, Finland
Hanna Rantala, soprano, Finland
Artur Rozek, baritone, Poland
Elli Vallinoja, soprano, Finland

The semi-finals will be held on 23rd–24th April at the Järvenpää Hall. A detailed schedule is available on the competition website www.sibeliussinging.fi. The competitors selected for the finals will be announced on Friday 24th April.

The five members of the Jury are pianist Gustav Djupsjöbacka, mezzo-soprano Monica Groop, Danish soprano Inger Dam-Jensen, German baritone Andreas Schmidt and Swedish baritone Olle Persson.

First prize is worth €12,000, second prize €6,000 and third prize €3,000. The winner will be invited to appear with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2015–16 season, and a special prize will be awarded in the form of a Lied recital at the Lahti Sibelius Festival on 6th September 2015.

Yle Radio 1 will be broadcasting the finals of the competition live. The finals will also be streamed live at www.yle.fi/klassinen. Video recordings of the preliminary round and semi-finals are posted on the competition website during the competition week.

Tickets from Lippupiste outlets

Further information:
Terhi Luukkonen, Secretary General
Tel. +358 40 710 4368
terhi.luukkonen@uniarts.fi
www.sibeliussinging.fi

Source: Press release 22/3/2015

Sibelius Singing Competition 2015

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The Third International Sibelius Singing Competition is to be held in Järvenpää on 19th–25th April 2015. It is open to singers aged 35 or less from countries around the Baltic Sea and there is one single category for men and women. The competitors will sing solo songs by Sibelius and other Lieder with piano accompaniment. The competition also offers a chance to hear some less frequently performed Sibelius songs: the competitors have chosen no fewer than 61 of his songs from 16 different opus groups.

A panel appointed by the Competition Committee has selected 26 singers for the competition: 20 Finns, two Poles, two Estonians, one Swede and one Dane. The official pianists are Kristian Attila, Hans-Otto Ehrström, Tuula Hällström and Ilmari Räikkönen. The five members of the Jury are pianist Gustav Djupsjöbacka, mezzo-soprano Monica Groop, Danish soprano Inger Dam-Jensen, German baritone Andreas Schmidt and Swedish baritone Olle Persson.

First prize is worth €12,000, second prize €6,000 and third prize €3,000. The winner will be invited to appear with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2015/2016 season, and a special prize will be awarded in the form of a Lied recital at the Lahti Sibelius Festival on 6th September 2015.

Yle Radio 1 will be broadcasting the finals of the competition live on Saturday 25th April. The finals will also be streamed live at www.yle.fi/klassinen. Video recordings of the preliminary round and semi-finals will be posted on the competition website during the competition week.

Previous International Sibelius Singing Competitions have been held in 2007 and 2011. The winner of the 2007 competition was mezzo-soprano Annastiina Tahkola, and that of the 2011 competition soprano Hedvig Paulig. The Sibelius Singing Competition is organised by the Järvenpää Sibelius Weeks in partnership with the City of Järvenpää and the Sibelius Academy.

Third International Sibelius Singing Competition at the Järvenpää Hall
Opening ceremony and draw for the order of performance in the Juhani Aho Hall at 19.00 on Sunday 19th April
Preliminary round in the Sibelius Hall at 16.00 and 19.00 on Monday–Wednesday 20th–22nd April
Semi-finals in the Sibelius Hall at 17.00 and 19.00 on Thursday–Friday 23rd–24th April
Finals in the Sibelius Hall at 19.00 on Saturday 25th April
Tickets from Lippupiste outlets

Further information:
Terhi Luukkonen, Secretary General
Tel. +358-40-710 4368
terhi.luukkonen@uniarts.fi
www.sibeliussinging.fi

Source: Press release, 9th April 2015, Third International Sibelius Singing Competition