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Sibelius Medal awarded to Pekka Helasvuo

Pekka Helasvuo holding the Sibelius Medal (photo: © Sibelius One)
Pekka Helasvuo holding the Sibelius Medal (photo: © Sibelius One)

The Sibelius Medal of the Sibelius Society of Finland has been awarded to Pekka Helasvuo.

The medal was presented by Lauri Tarasti, outgoing president of the Sibelius Society of Finland, at a reception in Hämeenlinna Town Hall on Saturday 5th December 2015 as part of the Sixth International Jean Sibelius Conference.

Pekka Helasvuo, Licentiate of Music, has worked as a violinist in the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor and principal lecturer of orchestral and chamber music studies at the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. His subject of licentiate work was the Orchestration of the Songs by Jean Sibelius (Sibelius-Academy, Helsinki 2007). Helasvuo is currently working as an editor of the string orchestra works (Series III) for the critical edition of Jean Sibelius works (JSW).

This was the last presentation of the Sibelius Medal in its current form. A new design of medal will be used from 2016 onwards.

11th International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition


The International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition is one of the most prestigious music competitions in the world, and will be held for the eleventh time in Helsinki from 22 November to 3 December 2015. The first and second rounds will take place at the Helsinki Conservatory of Music and the final round at the Helsinki Music Centre

The Sibelius Society of Finland launched the competition in 1965 in connection with the 100th anniversary of Sibelius’ birth. The first chair of the committee was Aino Sibelius. Since 1965 the competition has been held every five years, and is open to violinists from all over the world under the age of 30. The finalists play the Sibelius Violin Concerto and one other violin concerto with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra or the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

The members of the Jury have always been internationally well-established violinists and violin teachers, whereas the Chairmen have been Finns – so far Tauno Hannikainen, Joonas Kokkonen, Tuomas Haapanen, Aulis Sallinen, Mikko Heiniö and Jukka-Pekka Saraste. The competition is nowadays organized jointly by the Sibelius Society of Finland and the Sibelius Academy. Since 1969 it has been a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.

The jury will consist of:
Veli-Matti Puumala (Chairman)
Pierre Amoyal
Serguei Azizian
Sigrún Edvaldsdóttir
Pekka Kauppinen
Sung-Ju Lee
Cho-Liang Lin
Gerhard Schulz
Krzysztof Wegrzyn

This year there will be 45 competitiors from 13 countries. The list of competitors in alphabetical order:
Naoka Aoki (f), United Kingdom
Wonhee Bae (f), Germany
Hannah Soojin Cho (f), United States of America
Sarah Christian (f), Germany
Sara Etelävuori (f), Finland
Marina Grauman (f), Germany
Anna Göckel (f), France
Yoo Na Ha (f), France
Esther Hwang (f), Canada
Mayumi Kanagawa (f), Germany
Bomsori Kim (f), United States of America
Jeein Kim (f), South Korea
Da Kyung Kwak (f), United States of America
Stepan Lavrov (m), Poland
Christel Lee (f), Germany
Kerson Leong (m), Canada
Zeyu Victor Li (m), United States of America
Richard Lin (m), Taiwan
Tikhon Lukiyanenko (m), Russia
Kyung Ji Min (f), United States of America
Rustem Monasypov (m), Switzerland
Yasuka Morizono (f), Germany
Katerina Nazarova (f), United Kingdom
Seiji Okamoto (m), Japan
Taejun Park (m), Japan
Pekko Pulakka (m), Finland
Fedor Rudin (m), Germany
Anna Savkina (f), Russia
Lev Solodovnikov (m), Russia
Friederike Starkloff (f), Germany
Elly Suh (f), United States of America
Ryosuke Suho (m), Japan
Mai Suzuki (f), Austria
Elena Tarosyan (f), Russia
Stephen Tavani (m), United States of America
Diana Tishchenko (f), Germany
Emmanuel Tjeknavorian (m), Austria
Kasmir Uusitupa (m), Finland
Juho Valtonen (m), Finland
Xiao Wang (m), United States of America
Jungyoon Yang (f), Austria
Minami Yoshida (f), Japan
Laura Zarina (f), Germany
Eva Zavaro (f), France
Nancy Zhou (f), United States of America

For further information, schedules, tickets and much more, visit the competition’s website (click here).

Source: website of the 11th International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition

Sibelius Medal awarded to Paavo Järvi

Paavo Järvi (photo: © Quincena Musical / Wikimedia Commons)
Paavo Järvi (photo: © Quincena Musical / Wikimedia Commons)

The Sibelius Society of Finland has awarded the prestigious Sibelius Medal to the Estonian Paavo Järvi, musical director and chief conductor of the Orchestre de Paris.

The Sibelius Medal was presented to Paavo Järvi in Paris by the Finnish Ambassador to France, Mr Risto Piipponen, at the opening concert of the new season of the Orchestre de Paris on 9th September, on which occasion the orchestra and Paavo Järvi performed Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5.

The Sibelius Medal (photo: © Sibelius One)
The Sibelius Medal (photo: © Sibelius One)

The Sibelius Society of Finland commented: ‘Paavo Järvi has promoted the music of Sibelius with great talent in concerts which he has conducted throughout the world and particularly in France. With his passion and drive he is making history by recording the complete Sibelius symphony cycle with the Orchestre de Paris – a project so far never undertaken by any other French orchestra. His existing discography includes important Sibelius recordings which have gained international critical acclaim.’

This is the second time the Sibelius Medal is awarded to a conductor during the Sibelius 150th anniversary year. Sir Simon Rattle, chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, received the medal in May in Berlin.

The medal was designed by Eila Hiltunen (1922–2003), who was also responsible for creating the Sibelius Monument in Helsinki.

Source: http://www.paavojarvi.com/