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Lahti International Sibelius Festival 2016


The Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s 17th International Sibelius Festival will take place at the Sibelius Hall in Lahti on 8th–11th September 2016. The three orchestral concerts will be conducted by the orchestra’s chief conductor and the festival’s new artistic director, Dima Slobodeniouk.

Sibelius One will be organizing a group booking for the 2016 Sibelius Festival, for hotel accommodation and concert tickets. We should like to invite members to make provisional bookings now for this year’s festival. Please send your details to In particular it is important to let us know which nights
you will require a hotel room.

Further updates and information are available on our ‘Visit Finland’ page (click here).

Programmes for the 2016 Sibelius Festival’s orchestral concerts

Thursday 8th September 2016, 19.00 / Sibelius Hall
Pohjola’s Daughter
Symphony No. 1

Friday 9th September 2016, 19.00 / Sibelius Hall
The Dryad
The Tempest, concert suite
Symphony No. 4

Saturday 10th September 2016, 17.00 / Sibelius Hall
Pan and Echo
Pelléas et Mélisande
Symphony No. 3

Chamber Concerts

Saturday 10th September 2016, 12.30 / Kalevi Aho Hall
Sibelius’s Piano Music
Johannes Piirto, piano

Sunday 11th September 2016, 11.00 / Sibelius Hall
Kamus Quartet

Dima Slobodeniouk (photo: © Marco Borggreve)
Dima Slobodeniouk (photo: © Marco Borggreve)

‘For the orchestral concerts at the 2016 Sibelius Festival I have chosen works from different periods that, I feel, speak to each other’, says Dima Slobodeniouk. ‘One of the programmes consists of works that Sibelius composed in successive years: Pelléas et Mélisande in 1905, Pan and Echo in 1906 and the Third Symphony in 1907. I feel that there is such a clear thread that unites them all that I could not fail to play them in proximity to each other. In the other orchestral programmes I have aimed both for contrasts and for musical affinities.’

LPO/Vänskä Sibelius cycle


Osmo Vänskä (photo: © Juha Tanhua)
Osmo Vänskä (photo: © Juha Tanhua)

The London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vänskä will perform a complete cycle of Sibelius symphonies at London’s Royal Festival Hall in October 2016.

The music will be spread over four concerts what will also include the Karelia Suite and The Oceanides and important British music for string soloists and orchestra.

Music director of the Minnesota Orchestra since 2003, Osmo Vänskä is widely recog­nized for his compelling interpretations of the standard, contemporary and Nordic repertoires . He gained distinction with his landmark Sibelius cycle with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra – described by Gramophone as ‘the finest survey of the past three decades’, and in 2014 his Minnesota recording of Sibelius’s First and Fourth Symphonies won a Grammy award.

Wednesday 19 October, 7.30 pm: Pride and passion
Sibelius: Karelia Suite
Britten: Violin Concerto (Simone Lamsma, violin)
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1

Friday 21 October, 7.30 pm: Triumph and tranquillity
Sibelius: Symphony No. 3
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (Yu-Chien Tseng, violin)
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

Wednesday 26 October, 7.30 pm: Darkness and light
Elgar: Cello Concerto (Raphael Wallfisch, cello)
Sibelius: Symphony No. 4
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

Friday 28 October, 7.30 pm: Towards the horizon
Sibelius: The Oceanides
Walton: Violin Concerto (Tasmin Little, violin)
Sibelius: Symphony No. 6
Sibelius: Symphony No. 7

Ticket prices for each concert range from £10 to £65 and can be ordered by clicking the links above.