The principals of the Music Centre – the Sibelius Academy, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra – and the Finnish National Opera are launching a collaboration with the New York Philharmonic’s Credit Suisse Very Young Composers in November 2011. The Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs is providing help in planning and promoting the project in Finland and abroad.
In this project, entitled Hear This, I’m a Composer!, Finnish children and adolescents will be writing music under the guidance of professional composers for an ensemble made up of members of professional orchestras. The Finnish composers involved in the project are Olli Kortekangas, Jukka Linkola and Jovanka Trbojevic, and the ensemble will include two members from each of the participating orchestras.
The collaboration will kick off with a planning and demonstration period at the Music Centre on 7–10 November, and the first children’s composition concert performed by the participating musicians will be held in the main foyer of the FNO on Thursday 10 November at 16.00. The young composers for this first stage of the project will come from the Central Helsinki Music Institute, the Espoo Music Institute and the Juvenalia Music Institute. The second stage of the project in spring 2012 will involve more children from various schools in an expanded series of workshops.
This collaboration came about because of the interest of the Education Department of the New York Philharmonic in Finnish music education, training and audience outreach activities. The Orchestra has been running Credit Suisse Very Young Composers in New York with great success since 1995, reaching tens of thousands of children and audience members to date. This programme, a unique opportunity for children to create music of their own and to hear it performed by a professional orchestra, was the brainchild of composer and musician Jon Deak, a former member of the Orchestra and the main coordinator of the programme.
Tuula Jukola-Nuorteva, Head of Education, Finnish National Opera tel. +358 9 4030 2516
Riitta Tikkanen, Lecturer, Sibelius Academy tel. +358 40 738 5412
Juha Ahonen, Event Coordinator, Helsinki Music Centre tel. +358 20 707 0406