Monthly Archives: September 2014

Bristol Sibelius Cycle Begins

Sibelius poster 1 bristol

A three-concert cycle of Sibelius symphonies begins at St George’s Bristol on Saturday 20th September 2014 at 7.30 pm. In the opening concert Tom Gauterin conducts the Bristol Classical Players in Symphonies Nos 1, 6 and 7. Tickets: £10–£16. Box Office: 0845 4024001.

The remaining concerts will be on Saturday 24th January 2015 (Symphonies 2 & 3 plus the Violin Concerto, solo: Jennifer Pike) and Sunday 15th March 2015 (Symphonies 4 & 5 plus Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, solo: Stephen Hough).

Further information here.

Tom Gauterin

Hannu Lintu becomes Visiting Professor at the Sibelius Academy


Hannu Lintu (photo: © Kaapo Kamu)

Hannu Lintu, chief conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, has been appointed visiting professor at the Sibelius Academy, reports Helsingin Sanomat. He will be responsible for developing the existing collaboration between the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra through conductors’ and orchestral players’ training. He will also be a visiting teacher on the conductors’ class and will mentor students.

Hannu Lintu became chief conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2013, prior to which he held the positions of artistic director and chief conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied cello, piano and then conducting with Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy, participated in masterclasses with Myung-Whun Chung at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and took first prize at the Nordic Con­ducting Competition in Bergen in 1994. A wide-ranging discography has received international acclaim, as well as nominations to both the Grammy and the Gramo­phone Awards.

Finland’s Museum Card


Coming to Finland in 2015 is the Museokortti (‘Museum Card’), a single non-transferrable card that will provide access for a full year to all the country’s museums – including of course Ainola, the Sibelius Museum in Turku and Sibelius’s birth house in Hämeenlinna. The card will cost approx. €50.

Further information (in Finnish) here

Fairy Tale – Competition for Children

Fairy Tale

What kind of world would you like to live in?

Get inspired by Jean Sibelius’s tone poem En saga (A Fairy tale) and imagine your dream world!

Listen on the Fairy Tale website to En saga, performed by the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Leif Segerstam. Get inspired and create your own fairy-tale world using whatever visual technique you prefer (e.g. drawing, painting, photography, collage), then upload it onto the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra’s Fairy Tale website with the title ‘My fairy tale – my dream world’.

All children from around the world aged between 0 and 12 can participate in the Fairy Tale competition. Entries can be submitted until Saturday 15th November 2014. The Fairy Tale website can be viewed in Finnish, Swedish, English, German, French, Russian, Spanish and Japanese.

The artwork by those entering the competition will be used to create an exhibition viewable both online and also in the Turku Concert Hall. Out of all the entries received, the jury will choose  five, and these five children will then be invited to an international children’s event in Turku Concert Hall in March 2015. These five children will also receive a scholarship for art studies.

Fairy Tale – A Worldwide Competition for Children is the brainchild of Leif Segerstam, chief conductor and artistic director of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. It is an international children’s competition in which children from around the world are invited to visualise their dream world by drawing inspiration from Jean Sibelius’s tone poem En saga (A Fairy Tale). The Fairy Tale competition celebrates both the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius’s birth and also the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra’s 225th anniversary in 2015.

The Fairy Tale competition is part of the official programme to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius’s birth. The project has received special support from the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Guidelines and rules on the Fairy Tale website
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Fairy Tale on YouTube:

Further information:
Viliina Tolvanen, Project Coordinator

Yuri Nitta / Aichi Chamber Orchestra

The conductor Yuri Nitta, President of the Sibelius Society of Japan, has secured a new appointment. She will be a regular conductor of the Aichi Chamber Orchestra (Nagoya) for three years, from 2015 to 2017. This orchestra is of chamber size and of high quality, and together with Yuri Nitta will focus on Nordic music over the coming three years. Her inaugural concert on 27th February 2015 includes works by Mendelssohn and Niels W. Gade, and next one will include music by Sibelius and Nielsen.

Sibelius and the World of Art

Helsinki’s Ateneum Art Museum is mounting a special exhibition to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

The exhibition explores the links between the composer’s work and the art scene of his time, covering Sibelius’s youth and his international breakthrough, fantasies and myths about the famous composer, as well as his symphonic landscapes and nature motifs. The portraits in the exhibition show us the composer both as a young genius and as the subject of the unique Sibelius Monument of the late 1960s.

The exhibition runs from 17th October 2014 until 22nd March 2015, and is produced by the Ateneum Art Museum in collaboration with the Ainola Foundation. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue in Finnish, Swedish and English.

Read more here: Sibelius and the World of Art

Sixth International Jean Sibelius Conference in Hämeenlinna, 2015

The Sixth International Jean Sibelius Conference will be organized by the Sibelius Birth Town Foundation in Hämeenlinna, Finland on 4th–8th December 2015. The 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius will be celebrated in Finland and all over the world during the course of the year. The organizing committee is pleased to invite all friends of Sibelius’s music to Hämeenlinna, ‘the World Capital of Sibelius’.

The call for papers may be downloaded here:

Sibelius Conference 2015 – call for papers