INTERNATIONAL DUO COMPETITION FOR SINGERS AND PIANISTS IN JÄRVENPÄÄ,
OF JEAN SIBELIUS, MARCH 25–28, 2020.
The Järvenpää Sibelius Festival is
arranging Sibelius Singing, an
international duo competition for singers and pianists, on March 25–28,
2020. The main partner is the City of Järvenpää.
competition is to be held at the Sibelius Hall in Järvenpää, home town of Jean
Sibelius. The acoustics at this hall in the Järvenpää Hall
complex are among the finest in Finland, and not far away is the maestro’s
former home, Ainola.
responsibility for planning the content lies with the competition’s Artistic
Director, Petteri Salomaa, Professor
of Vocal Music at the Sibelius Academy.
“There was, it was felt, a clear opening
among the many singing competitions held in Finland for an international one
truly focusing on chamber music for singer-pianist duos and weighted towards
the vocal music of Sibelius,” he says. “Lied,
as an integral genre of singer-pianist art, has been reinforcing its profile in
recent times as an intimate yet all the more intensively affecting and
demanding art form. Sibelius’s extensive vocal output, an important category in
his music, is a magnificent embodiment of the Finnish and Nordic vocal
tradition and as a whole deserves greater global recognition, over and above
the most popular songs already widely performed.
“It thus seemed logical to take the
competition in this chosen direction. Finnish audiences will thus have a chance
to hear talented young singers and pianists from across the world, and artists
the world over to become familiar with Sibelius’s vocal works. The organisers
are pleased and gratified that the City of Järvenpää, conscious and proud of
its responsibility to uphold the Sibelius tradition, has lent the competition
its active support.”
composition Jury consists of both singers and pianists. Chairing the Jury is Gustav Djupsjöbacka, pianist. The other
members are soprano Soile Isokoski,
mezzo-soprano Randi Stene (Norway),
baritone Andreas Schmidt (Germany),
and pianists Bengt Forsberg (Sweden)
and Iain Burnside (UK).
Järvenpää Sibelius Festival organised the International Sibelius Singing
Competition in 2007, 2011 and 2015.