EUYO and Sibelius Academy young musicians work together

95 young EUYO musicians selected from all the 27 EU member states will be working with members of the Sibelius Academy Junior Academy, showcasing Europe’s latest community music education approaches


There could be no peace and cooperation between different peoples without “unity in diversity”, the motto of the European Union. Among the activities that strengthen cooperation and mutual understanding in Europe the EUYO is delighted to announce its cooperation with the Sibelius Academy, one of the major musical institutions in Finland, and National Partner of the EUYO since Finland’s entry into the European Union in 1995.

On the occasion of the EUYO’s first orchestral residency in Finland, the young musicians of both institutions will meet up to get to know each other on 1 April in an informal event, in advance of their joint performance at Musiikkitalo the following day. On 2 April during the morning EUYO musicians will join students of the Sibelius Academy Junior Academy and young musicians from the Tempo Oulu Orchestra on the stage of the Musiikkitalo to rehearse, and then at 4.30pm, to perform in Musiikkitalo’s Sonore Hall, in the Europe Side by Side concert, an example of the EUYO’s innovative music education work.

Together with Finnish conductor Taavi Oramo, they will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from Symphony No. 9, a statement of brotherhood and peace, the South Ostrobothnian Suite No. 1, Op. 9: Pirun polska by Toivo Kuula, Camelopardalis by contemporary Swedish composer Andrea Tarrodi, and end with Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Cantus arcticus, Concerto for Birds and Orchestra, Op. 61, a highly original piece in which the orchestra accompanies a recording of birds from the wetlands of Liminganlahti.

Rautavaara’s Cantus arcticus also opens the PEACE IN EUROPE concert on 3 April in Musiikkitalo Main Hall, part of a series concerts taking place in countries across Europe from the Baltic to the Mediterranean and the East of Europe to the North Sea, all dedicated to the cause of peace in Europe and to highlighting the plight of victims of violence. The EUYO has a great tradition of presenting peace concerts, with recent events such as commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in the presence of world leaders in Paris in 2018, and in Berlin in 2014 and 2019.