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12th International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition Postponed Until Spring 2022

The competition committee has decided to postpone the event due to global uncertainty around possible coronavirus related travel and assembly restrictions.

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The 12th International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition will be held in Helsinki from 18 to 29 May 2022, organized by the Sibelius Society and the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. The competition is open to all violinists born in or after 1990.

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The International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition is one of the most prestigious music competitions in the world. The Sibelius Violin Concerto was, of course, one of the main reasons for holding the first competition in 1965. The most recent competition, the eleventh, was held in Helsinki from November 22 to December 3, 2015.

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Sibelius Society

The Sibelius Society of Finland was founded in December 1957 as forum to support efforts to keep the musical heritage of Sibelius alive, to make his music more easily available to all who wanted to perform it, and to promote research about Sibelius and his music.

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Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki

Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki is one of the largest music academies in Europe. The academy was established in 1882 and bears the name of the Finnish master composer Jean Sibelius. The mission of the Sibelius Academy is to foster and renew musical culture. This is accomplished through teaching, research, and arts. The academy trains artists, teachers and other music professionals to independent artistic work in an inspiring and internationally diverse environment with state-of-the-art facilities. Sibelius Academy has been ranked world’s ninth best performing arts school (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021).

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