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NEW INTERNATIONAL DUO COMPETITION FOR SINGERS AND PIANISTS IN JÄRVENPÄÄ,
HOME TOWN 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.

 

The 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.

 

The 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.”

 

The 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).

 

The Järvenpää Sibelius Festival organised the International Sibelius Singing Competition in 2007, 2011 and 2015.

 

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