What is Sibelius Summer Academy?

Sibelius Summer Academy is a summer study program offered by the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki in Finland. It offers young talents a chance to work and perform together with world-class teachers, artists and other students in an encouraging and inspiring international environment with state-of-the-art facilities. Sibelius Summer Academy is supported by the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation and the Wihuri Foundation.



null World-class teachers to visit the Sibelius Summer Academy, a new summer teaching programme to be launched by the University of the Arts Helsinki

The Sibelius Summer Academy offers the chance for international students to learn about studying in Finland and invites music enthusiasts to attend concerts and open lectures.

The Sibelius Summer Academy brings together leading artists and students of the same field both from the Sibelius Academy and from around the world. The new Sibelius Summer Academy offers top-quality courses, interesting concerts and a window to the Sibelius Academy’s internationally renowned education in music. The public will get the chance to go to concerts and observe some of the classes.

– We regularly receive questions from foreign students who ask what it is like to study at the Sibelius Academy. The Sibelius Summer Academy will give them the opportunity to become acquainted with our teachers, students and the high-quality Finnish music education. As for our own students, they’ll get to be part of a new international learning environment, says Kaarlo Hildén, Dean of the Sibelius Academy at the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki).

The first Sibelius Summer Academy in 2019 will offer the following three courses: Woodwinds, Organ Academy, and a course focusing on a cappella singing led by Grammy-winning ensemble Theatre of Voices. The courses will welcome esteemed teachers from abroad, including clarinettist Calogero Palermo and flautist Emily Beynon from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, organ artist Peter Krasinski, and the members of the Theatre of Voices along with the founder of the ensemble Paul Hillier.

The Summer Academy is a new initiative at Uniarts Helsinki, organised partially with support from the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation and the Wihuri Foundation. The foundations fund the Sibelius Academy’s international visitor programme, which aims at  developing the Sibelius Summer Academy.

– The Sibelius Summer Academy and the related international visitor programme form a key international initiative focused on the development of the Sibelius Academy’s education, and it is made possible with support from the foundations, explains Hildén.

The Summer Academy’s programme includes about 20 concerts scheduled for June and August. Most of them will take place at the Helsinki Music Centre. Besides attending concerts, the public will also have the opportunity to observe world-class music teaching first-hand, as some of the classes will be open to everyone. Nearly 200 students from Uniarts Helsinki and around the world will participate in the classes.


Further information:

Kaarlo Hildén
Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy


Go to Uniarts Helsinki’s event calendar to learn more about the concerts and the open classes.




The Sibelius Summer Academy is the international summer school of Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy offering courses taught by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and teachers. Courses are open both to the Academy’s students and to outside applicants. The Sibelius Summer Academy will offer its first classes in summer 2019.


Courses in 2019


The woodwinds week between 1 and 8 June will feature professional woodwind musicians from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic as guest teachers. Nearly a hundred students from Uniarts Helsinki and around the world will participate in the course. The woodwind week will get an exciting finish on 8 June at the Helsinki Music Centre, where Tapiola Sinfonietta, pianist Iiro Rantala and woodwind students and teachers from the Sibelius Academy will perform in a concert as part of the one-day Feel Helsinki festival.

The Organ Academy course between 1 and 7 August will focus on improvising music to silent films on the organ, among other themes. The course will be led by US-born Peter Krasinski, who will not only teach, but also perform on 6 August when he will improvise a score to Wallace Worsley’s Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923). Hungarian organ artist Balázs Szabó will also be one of the teachers on the course.

The Grammy-winning ensemble Theatre of Voices will teach a course taking place between 19 and 24 August. Students on this classical a cappella course will train everything from medieval repertoire to contemporary music. The course will be led by the founder of the ensemble Paul Hillier together with soprano Else Torp, mezzo soprano Signe Asmussen, tenor Paul Bentley-Angell and bass baritone Jakob Bloch Jespersen. The course is open both to vocal ensembles and individual vocalists.