Monthly Archives: February 2015

Photo Exhibition at Helsinki Airport


Finavia has opened a unique photography exhibition, ‘Sibelius & Images of Finland’ inspired by Sibelius 150th anniversary, at the airport art gallery.

The exhibition presents rare photographs of Sibelius at his home, Ainola, as well as the documentary film ‘Jean Sibelius at home’.

Ville Haapasaari, airport director, says that Finavia wanted to recognise the anniversary of the birth of the Finnish master composer in an impressive manner.  ‘For many international passengers, Helsinki Airport is the first and sometimes only point of contact with our country. The airport could even be called the calling card of Finland.  These kinds of exhibitions are a good way of highlighting Finnish culture and art to an international audience’, Haapasaari said  at the inauguration of the exhibition.

Unique photographs of Finland and Helsinki from 1920s up to 1960s
The exhibition at the airport presents the variety of the output and the significant life work of three Finnish artists: Heikki Aho, Björn Soldan and Claire Aho. Sibelius photos are part of a larger exhibition with different five themed exhibitions totalling 230 photos. In addition to the Sibelius exhibition, Aho and Soldan’s themed exhibitions ‘Views of Helsinki in the 1930s’ and vintage art photographs from Centre Pompidou’s ‘The light of the North’ collection are exhibited.

Claire Aho’s photos take the viewers to Helsinki in 1968, and the fashion, advertisement and magazine photos in the ‘Studio Works’ themed exhibition recall the nostalgic mood of the 1950s.

Aho and Soldan’s output has opened new perspectives on Finnish everyday life, history and the industrialisation of  society; they have affected the image we have of the modern Finland. Heikki Aho’s daughter Claire Aho started as a documentary film-maker in the late 1940s. Claire Aho is also a pioneer of Finnish colour photography.

‘Sibelius & Images of Finland’ will be open until the end of 2015. Admission is free 24/7 to all passengers departing or arriving via the gate area 32–38.

For additional information, please contact:
Finavia Corp, Media Desk tel. +358 20 7082002,
The exhibition brochure can be downloaded at Finavia’s web-site:
Home page of Aho & Soldan
Home page of Claire Aho

Source: Finavia Press Release, 3.3.2015

JSW News


The ground-breaking critical edition Jean Sibelius Werke published by Breitkopf & Härtel is continuing. Most recently published is the Violin Concerto, ed. by editor-in-chief Timo Virtanen. This volume contains the two versions of the famous concerto (SON 622, EUR 252.00).

Plans for 2015 are as follows:

In March 2015 a volume of selected piano pieces will appear, drawn from the Sibelius Piano Works, ed. by Kari Kilpeläinen and Anna Pulkkis (EB 8855, EUR 15.90).

In April 2015 a special volume will be issued: a full-colour facsimile reproduction of Luonnotar (score and piano-vocal reduction) – a composition which counts among the most modern works by Sibelius. The editor is Timo Virtanen (SON 626, EUR 79.00 – introduction price valid until 8th December, 2015!).

A new ‘Breitkopf Study Score’ will feature the long-neglected orchestral work Skogsrået (The Wood-Nymph) (PB 5564). This will be its first publication apart from the volume of the Complete Edition, ed. by Tuija Wicklund.

Further volumes of the Complete Edition are scheduled in 2015:
– Piano Works 4 (Works without opus numbers), ed. by Anna Pulkkis (SON 623)
– Works for Male Choir a cappella, ed. by Sakari Ylivuori (SON 624)
– Scènes historiques I, Op. 25 and II. Op. 66, ed. by Kari Kilpeläinen (SON 625).

Source: Breitkopf & Härtel

Sibelius Exhibition in Berlin

Jean_sibelius 1913

To accompany the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra’s concerts featuring the complete Sibelius symphonies and Violin Concerto, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, an exhibition is taking place from 28th January until 9th February in the foyer of the Berlin Philharmonie. The exhibition, named JEAN SIBELIUS – die Musik, der Künstler, der Mensch (Jean Sibelius – the music, the artist, the man) has been prepared by the Finnland-Institut in Berlin.

Opening times: Mon– Fri, 15.00–18.00, Sat/Sun 11.00–14.00 and together with concerts in the Philharmonie

Source: Berliner Philharmoniker