The Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation in Finland has granted 690,000 euros to the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki to support five international orchestral and collaborative productions in 2019–2023. In this large-scale cooperation between the world’s leading music institutions, students and teams of esteemed professionals will engage in close cooperation with each other, beginning from concept creation and a rehearsal period and culminating in the execution of the projects.
The projects are a valuable complement to Uniarts Helsinki’s existing international networks: collaborations may last up to three years, making it possible to deepen the international contacts between the Academy and the institutions and to lay the foundation for a more permanent strategic partnership. This will also lead to an increasing number of international opportunities for students and help the teaching staff acquire more diverse skills and pedagogical methods. 
Sibelius Academy welcomes six new visiting professors in 2020
The Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki has invited six international stars of their respective fields as visiting professors: pianist Robert Levin; improvisation expert David Dolan; Professor, baritone Andreas Schmidt; harpsichordist and conductor Lars Ulrik Mortensen; Professor of Cultural Policy Franco Bianchini; and harpist Emmanuel Ceysson. They will come to Finland as part of the International Visitor Programme, which was launched by the Sibelius Academy in the beginning of 2019. Besides teaching and leading artistic projects, the visiting professors are also expected to share new perspectives on students’ process of building an artist’s identity, as well as ideas about career planning and the development of the education offered by the Sibelius Academy. The goal is to utilise their expertise, experience and contacts to the maximum potential. In addition to the professors, the International Visitor Programme also welcomes a wide array of other new professionals to teach in 2020. Also several artists who already visited in 2019, are continuing their participation in the programme. More information about the visitors can be found at
Visit the Sibelius Academy, Uniarts Helsinki in Summer 2020
Some of the courses in the Visitor Programme are arranged as part of the international Sibelius Summer Academy, which was launched in summer 2019. The programme for summer 2020 includes an event for brass musicians featuring classes and concerts, an international summer school focusing on international arts management and entrepreneurship, as well as a course for pianists on music composed by Ludwig van Beethoven’s contemporaries. Vocal ensemble Theatre of Voices, which paid a visit to the Academy in 2019, will also return to teach another Sibelius Summer Academy course. The 2020 courses will be open for application later in 2019. More information at