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Sibelius, Jean (1865-1957)

The composer Jean (Johan) Sibelius is regarded as one of the great symphonists and tone poets of the 20th century.

He came from a Swedish-speaking home, but passed his matriculation examination at a Finnish-speaking school: Hämeelinna Lyceum. Following his matriculation exam, Sibelius enrolled at the Helsinki Music School, where he studied violin, theory of music and composition. Further studies followed in Berlin and Vienna under Adolf Becker and Karl Goldman, among others. In time, Sibelius' dreams of a career as a violinist faded, and he began to concentrate exclusively on composition. He also conducted, mostly his own works, in Finland and elsewhere in Europe and in America.

Sibelius began to make a name for himself in the music centers of the world from the start of the century. His tone language evoked a positive response, especially in Great-Britain and the USA. However, Sibelius was also aware of attacks aimed against his music in some Central-European countries.

Despite this, he was convinced that his orchestral works at least would be handed down for posterity. Beside the seven symphonies, the extensive and versatile output of Sibelius includes symphonic poems, a violin concerto, music for stage, choral works, songs, chamber music, music for piano etc.

In addition to Finnish conductors, others who have recorded his music include Eugene Ormandy, Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Lorin Maazel and Colin Davis.

(Hannu Kivilä, ArtInn; Translated by Minna Liski)

Events

20
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Landesjugendsinfonieorchester Hessen, cond. Nicolás Pasquet
Bad Homburg, Principia Atrium of Saalburg (Germany)
21
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, cond. Mariss Jansons
Radio broadcast BR-Klassik, 10:05 am (Germany)
23
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Karelia Suite Op. 11
Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic, cond. Kristjan Järvi
St. Petersburg (Russia)
24
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Tapiola Op. 112
Student Orchestra, cond. David Effron
Indianapolis, Musical Arts Center (USA)
25
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: En saga Op. 9
Malmö Symfoniorkester, cond. Joachim Gustafsson
Malmö, Konserthus (Sweden)
26
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Karelia Suite Op. 11
Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic, cond. Kristjan Järvi
Bonn, Beethovenfest (Germany)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
National Symphony Orchestra, cond. Shao-Chia Lu
Taipei, National Concert Hall (Taiwan)
27
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Orchester des CJD, cond. Christof Harr
Königswinter, Christophorusschule (Germany)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
National Symphony Orchestra, cond. Shao-Chia Lu
Kaohsiung, Chi-De Hall (Taiwan)
28
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Karelia Suite Op. 11
Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic, cond. Kristjan Järvi
Milan, Teatro dal Verme (Italy)
29
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Karelia Suite Op. 11
Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic, cond. Kristjan Järvi
Verona, Teatro Filarmonico (Italy)
02
Oct
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Kung (King) Kristian II Op. 27
Pori Sinfonietta, cond. Tuomas Hannikainen
Pori, Promenade Center (Finland)
03
Oct
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, cond. Toshiyuki Kamioka
Wuppertal, Historical town hall, 11:00 am (Germany)
07
Oct
2014
Sibelius, Jean: En saga Op. 9
Hyvinkää Orchestra, Ltg. Tuomas Pirilä
Hyvinkää, Hyvinkää Hall (Finland)
09
Oct
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Karelia Suite Op. 11
TU Dresden University orchestra, cond. Monica Buckland
Dresden, Technical university (Germany)
15
Oct
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Vogtland Philharmonie Greiz Reichenbach, Ltg. David Marlow
Reichenbach, Neuberinhaus (Germany)
16
Oct
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Spring Song Op. 16
Philharmonic Orchestra of Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Teatro Colon (Argentina)
17
Oct
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, cond. Victor Pablo Pérez
Santiago de Compostela, Auditorio de Galicia (Spain)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Vogtland Philharmonie Greiz Reichenbach, Ltg. David Marlow
Greiz, Vogtlandhalle (Germany)
18
Oct
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Orchester des CJD, cond. Christof Harr
Berlin, KMS Philharmonie (Germany)
19
Oct
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Malmö Opera, cond. Leif Segerstam
Malmö, Opera (Sweden)
23
Oct
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Flickan kom ifran sin aelsklings moete Op. 37/5
Sibelius, Jean: Demanten pa marssnoen Op. 36/6
Västeras Sinfonietta, cond. Patrik Ringborg
Västeras (Sweden)
24
Oct
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Flickan kom ifran sin aelsklings moete Op. 37/5
Sibelius, Jean: Demanten pa marssnoen Op. 36/6
Västeras Sinfonietta, cond. Patrik Ringborg
Gävle (Sweden)
25
Oct
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Flickan kom ifran sin aelsklings moete Op. 37/5
Sibelius, Jean: Demanten pa marssnoen Op. 36/6
Västeras Sinfonietta, cond. Patrik Ringborg
Stockholm (Sweden)
  Sibelius, Jean: The Swan of Tuonela Op. 22/2
Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, cond. Daniel Huppert
Neubrandenburg, Konzertkirche (Germany)
14
Nov
2014
Sibelius, Jean: En saga Op. 9
Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Ltg. Aziz Shokhakimov
Strasbourg (France)
23
Nov
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Scènes Historiques I Op. 25
EUMS Sinfonia, cond. Peter Keenan
Edinburgh, Reid Hall (United Kingdom)
27
Nov
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Tapiola Op. 112
Bamberger Symphoniker, cond. Constantinos Carydis
Erlangen (Germany)
28
Nov
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Tapiola Op. 112
Bamberger Symphoniker, cond. Constantinos Carydis
Schweinfurt (Germany)
29
Nov
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Tapiola Op. 112
Bamberger Symphoniker, cond. Constantinos Carydis
Bamberg (Germany)
08
Dec
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Kullervon valitus from Kullervo op. 7
Valkeakoski Music Institute Orchestra, cond. Aira Maria Lehtipuu
Valkeakoski, Tietola School (Finland)
12
Dec
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Tapiola Op. 112
Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, cond. Ken Takaseki
Saitamaken, Sonic City Hall (Japan)
13
Dec
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Tapiola Op. 112
Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, cond. Ken Takaseki
Kanagawaken, Minato-Mirai Hall (Japan)
14
Dec
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Münchener Philharmoniker, Ltg. Youn Inkinen
München, Philharmonie, 11:00 am (Germany)
  Sibelius, Jean: Tapiola Op. 112
Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, cond. Ken Takaseki
Tokyo, Suntory Hall (Japan)
16
Dec
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Münchener Philharmoniker, Ltg. Youn Inkinen
München, Philharmonie (Germany)
17
Dec
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Münchener Philharmoniker, Ltg. Youn Inkinen
München, Philharmonie (Germany)
18
Dec
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Münchener Philharmoniker, Ltg. Youn Inkinen
Dortmund, Concert House (Germany)
25
Dec
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Karelia Suite Op. 11
Jenaer Philharmonie, cond. Daniel Klajner
Jena, Volkshaus, 05:00 pm (Germany)
09
Jan
2015
Sibelius, Jean: En saga Op. 9
Ballett "Der Feuervogel / En Saga", cond.: Arturo Alvarado, choreography: Andris Plucis
Meiningen, Südthüringisches Staatstheater (Germany)
Premiere (ballet production of the Landestheater Eisenach)
11
Jan
2015
Sibelius, Jean: En saga Op. 9
Ballett "Der Feuervogel / En Saga", cond.: Arturo Alvarado, choreography: Andris Plucis
Meiningen, Südthüringisches Staatstheater, 07:00 pm (Germany)
17
Jan
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Karelia Suite Op. 11
Göteborgs Symfoniker, cond. Neeme Järvi
Gothenburg, Konserthus, 03:00 pm (Sweden)
22
Jan
2015
Sibelius, Jean: En saga Op. 9
Ballett "Der Feuervogel / En Saga", cond.: Arturo Alvarado, choreography: Andris Plucis
Meiningen, Südthüringisches Staatstheater (Germany)
  Sibelius, Jean: Kullervo Op. 7
Iceland Symphony Orchestra, cond. Petri Sakari
Reykjavik, Harpa Concert Hall (Iceland)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Berner Sinfonieorchester
Bern (Switzerland)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 4 in A minor Op. 63
NDR Radiophilharmonie, cond. Andrew Manze
Hannover, NDR Sendesaal (Germany)
23
Jan
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Berner Sinfonieorchester
Bern (Switzerland)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 4 in A minor Op. 63
NDR Radiophilharmonie, cond. Andrew Manze
Hannover, NDR Sendesaal (Germany)
28
Jan
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Karelia Suite Op. 11
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, cond. Leif Segerstam
Ludwigshafen, BASF-Feierabendhaus (Germany)
29
Jan
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Karelia Suite Op. 11
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, cond. Leif Segerstam
Ludwigshafen, BASF-Feierabendhaus (Germany)
  Sibelius, Jean: Lemminkaeinen and the Maidens on the Island Op. 22/1
Sibelius, Jean: The Swan of Tuonela Op. 22/2
Sibelius, Jean: Lemminkaeinen in Tuonela Op. 22/3
Sibelius, Jean: Lemminkaeinen's return Op. 22/4
Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, cond. Pietari Inkinen
Rotterdam, de Doelen (Netherlands)
30
Jan
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Lemminkaeinen and the Maidens on the Island Op. 22/1
Sibelius, Jean: The Swan of Tuonela Op. 22/2
Sibelius, Jean: Lemminkaeinen in Tuonela Op. 22/3
Sibelius, Jean: Lemminkaeinen's return Op. 22/4
Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest, cond. Pietari Inkinen
Rotterdam, de Doelen (Netherlands)
05
Feb
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Kullervo Op. 7
Svenska Kammarorkestern, Ltg. Thomas Dausgaard
Örebro, Hjalmar Bergman Theater (Sweden)
06
Feb
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Finlandia Op. 26
Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, cond. Daniel Raiskin
Koblenz, Rhein-Mosel-Halle (Germany)
07
Feb
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Finlandia Op. 26
Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, cond. Daniel Raiskin
Karlsruhe, Konzerthaus (Germany)
10
Feb
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Berliner Philharmoniker, cond. Simon Rattle
London, Barbican (United Kingdom)
11
Feb
2015
Sibelius, Jean: En saga Op. 9
Ballett "Der Feuervogel / En Saga", cond.: Arturo Alvarado, choreography: Andris Plucis
Meiningen, Südthüringisches Staatstheater (Germany)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 4 in A minor Op. 63
Berliner Philharmoniker, cond. Simon Rattle
London, Barbican (United Kingdom)
12
Feb
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Leiderdorps Kamerorkest, Ltg. Dick van Gasteren
Leiderdorp, Dorpskerk (Netherlands)
20
Feb
2015
Sibelius, Jean: En saga Op. 9
Ballett "Der Feuervogel / En Saga", cond.: Arturo Alvarado, choreography: Andris Plucis
Meiningen, Südthüringisches Staatstheater (Germany)
21
Feb
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Finlandia Op. 26
Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, cond. Daniel Raiskin
Villingen-Schwenningen, Franziskaner Konzerthaus (Germany)
27
Feb
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Göteborgs Symfoniker, cond. Kent Nagano
Gothenburg, Konserthus, 06:00 pm (Sweden)
28
Feb
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Göteborgs Symfoniker, cond. Kent Nagano
Gothenburg, Konserthus, 03:00 pm (Sweden)
03
Mar
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Kullervo Op. 7
Ainola Symphony Orchestra, cond. Yuri Nitta
Tokyo, Triphony Hall (Japan)
19
Mar
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Valse triste Op. 44/1
Gewandhausorchester, cond. Riccardo Chailly
Leipzig, Gewandhaus (Germany)
20
Mar
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Orchestre de Paris, cond. Paavo Järvi
Essen, Philharmonie (Germany)
  Sibelius, Jean: Valse triste Op. 44/1
Gewandhausorchester, cond. Riccardo Chailly
Leipzig, Gewandhaus (Germany)
21
Mar
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Spring Song Op. 16
Akademisches Orchester Basel, cond. Lena-Lisa Wüstendörfer
Basel, Martinskirche (Switzerland)
22
Mar
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Spring Song Op. 16
Akademisches Orchester Basel, cond. Lena-Lisa Wüstendörfer
Zürich, Pauluskirche (Switzerland)
25
Mar
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, cond. Lionel Bringuier
Zurich, Tonhalle (Switzerland)
26
Mar
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, cond. Lionel Bringuier
Zurich, Tonhalle, 12:15 pm and 07.30 pm (Switzerland)
05
Apr
2015
Sibelius, Jean: En saga Op. 9
Ballett "Der Feuervogel / En Saga", cond.: Arturo Alvarado, choreography: Andris Plucis
Meiningen, Südthüringisches Staatstheater, 07:00 pm (Germany)
10
Apr
2015
Sibelius, Jean: En saga Op. 9
Ballett "Der Feuervogel / En Saga", cond.: Arturo Alvarado, choreography: Andris Plucis
Meiningen, Südthüringisches Staatstheater (Germany)
12
Apr
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Kullervo Op. 7
Ainola Symphony Orchestra, cond. Yuri Nitta
Tokyo, Suginami Kokaido Hall (Japan)
15
Apr
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Finlandia Op. 26
Jenaer Philharmonie, cond. Daniel Raiskin
Jena, Volkshaus (Germany)
10
May
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Jokamies (Jedermann) Op. 8
Martina Filjak (pno), Sinfonieorchester Aachen, cond. Kazem Abdullah
Aachen, Eurogress, 06:00 pm (Germany)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 4 in A minor Op. 63
Sinfonieorchester Aachen, cond. Kazem Abdullah
Aachen, Eurogress, 06:00 pm (Germany)
11
May
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 4 in A minor Op. 63
Sinfonieorchester Aachen, cond. Kazem Abdullah
Aachen, Eurogress (Germany)
16
May
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Sibelius, Jean: Finlandia Op. 26
Dresdner Philharmonie, cond. Michael Sanderling
Dresden, Albertinum (Germany)
17
May
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Sibelius, Jean: Finlandia Op. 26
Dresdner Philharmonie, cond. Michael Sanderling
Dresden, Albertinum (Germany)
07
Jun
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, cond. Dmitrij Kitajenko
Cologne, Philharmonie, 11:00 am (Germany)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, cond. Dmitrij Kitajenko
Cologne, Philharmonie, 11:00 am (Germany)
12
Jun
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Finlandia Op. 26
Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, cond. Lionel Bringuier
Zurich, Festspiele Zurich (Switzerland)
17
Jun
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Wiener Symphoniker, cond. Osmo Vänskä
Vienna, Konzerthaus (Austria)
18
Jun
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Wiener Symphoniker, cond. Osmo Vänskä
Vienna, Konzerthaus (Austria)
19
Jul
2015
Sibelius, Jean: Songs
Gergely Németi (T), Ansi Verwey (pno)
Stuttgart, Opera (Germany)
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