Early Music @ Sibelius Summer Academy

7-13 August 2021

All the Sibelius Summer Academy courses 2021 follow the general University of the Arts guidelines concerning the COVID-19 situation and are subject to changes at any time, according to the pandemic situation. Read the latest guidelines on the University webpage.

University of Arts Helsinki's Sibelius Academy holds its first edition of Early Music @ Sibelius Summer Academy from 7th to 13th August 2021. G.F. Händel's oratorio Semele will be trained and performed on the course under the direction of Eamonn Dougan. Visiting lecturer Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch will act as orchestra master. She will train the orchestra, concert master and section leaders. The language of the rehearsals is English.

The performance will be held in collaboration with BRQ Vantaa Festival and chamber choir Audite on August 13th 19:00 in the Sibelius Academy Concert Hall (Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 9, 00100 HKI). The performance's tuning frequency will be 415 Hz.

Final Concert 13 August 2021 at 7 p.m.

The Early Music @ Sibelius Summer Academy course will be concluded with a performance of Semele, organised together with BRQ Vantaa Festival and chamber choir Audite. The performance will be live-streamed from the Helsinki Music Centre. You can watch a free live stream of the concert from the Helsinki Music Centre Paavo hall on Youtube, 13 August at 7 p.m. Finnish time. A link to the live stream will be provided at the latest an hour before the concert starts. 



1. Violin                     

Ahola Laura
Kim Irina

Koivunen Aaron

2. Violin         

Carlsson-Perkkiö Anna
Elefante Marco

Lempinen Milja


Talen Kristiina
Majuri Pietari


Randvere Johanna
Arjas Päivi

Hirvonen Kristiina 

Oksanen Tähti

Double bass              

Myllynen Niilo


Kozlovski Kirill
Manninen Kirsti

Pettersson-Fernholm Sofia


Wikla Arto


Taimioja Teuvo


Pulakka Maaria


Kinoshita Nahoko
Markkanen Juuli


Siemiankowska Agnieszka
Heikkinen Seppo


Kiukkonen Eero
Savolainen Emmi


Hirvonen Merituuli
Kemetti Otto


Kiviniemi Patrik



Athamas: Anna Erokhina
Jupiter: Akseli Ferrand
Cadmos: Greggory Haueter
Juno: Ruut Mattila
Semele 3: Olivia Moss
Iris: Tanja Niemelä
Ino: Lotta Pylkäs
Somnus / priest: Janne Sihvo
Semel 1-2: Aleksiina Turtiainen
Apollo: Niilo Erkkilä

Read more about the artists at the University of the Arts Helsinki website

How to apply

Applications are invited from soloist singers and ensemble instrumentalists within and outside Sibelius Academy. Student singers may complete the S-LA22 (Large concert work soloist) with 2–3 study credits. Singer applicants are required to deliver a file or link to a video recording of themselves singing one free-to-choose oratorio aria by G.F. Händel (in English, accompaniment by piano, ensemble or orchestra).

Student instrumentalists may complete the S-VM7 with 1–3 study credits.

NOTE: Due to the global pandemic and travel restrictions, applications are approved only from Finnish residents. Also due to the COVID situation, the fringe concerts mentioned in the application form will not be organised.

Application deadline is April 6th 2021.

Chosen participants will be contacted directly after the application period. Link to the course payment will be provided later on. For Sibelius Academy bachelor, master and doctoral students the course is part of their studies and thus free of charge.


Singer applications: Professor Petteri Salomaa (+358 40 500 4828, petteri.salomaa@uniarts.fi)

Instrumentalist applications: Lecturer Annamari Pölhö (+358 40 548 0321‬, annamari.polho@uniarts.fi)

Technical support: Coordinator Pauli Raitakari (+358 50 511 6467, pauli.raitakari@uniarts.fi)