First International Jean Sibelius Composition Competition

The first International Jean Sibelius Composition Competition is organized as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Finland’s most prestigious composer. The aim of the competition is to gain new, high-quality repertoire for choirs, pianists and violinists. Its goal is to be an important event nationally and internationally and to emphasize the idea of continuous creativity, seen in a variety of movie and even game music inspired by Sibelius.

The competition has three categories:
– works for choir (mixed, women, men, youth and children’s choirs), duration 3–8 minutes
– works for solo piano, duration 5–10 minutes
– works for solo violin or for violin–piano duos, duration 6–9 minutes

Kaija Saariaho will be chairperson of the jury.

The following prizes will be awarded in each series:

First prize 10,000 euros
Second prize 8,000 euros
Third prize 5,000 euros

Also some special prizes may be awarded.  The jury will have the right to divide the prizes in some other way.

We gratefully acknowledge the support from the Finnish Cultural Foundation and from the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland.