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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

08
Aug
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Symphony Orchestra of Chile, cond. Thomas Sanderling
Santiago de Chile, Teatro Universidad de Chile (Chile)
09
Aug
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Symphony Orchestra of Chile, cond. Thomas Sanderling
Santiago de Chile, Teatro Universidad de Chile (Chile)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
National Children's Main Orchestra of Great Britain, cond. Natalia Luis-Bassa
Bristol, Colston Hall (United Kingdom)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
National Children's Main Orchestra of Great Britain, cond. Natalia Luis-Bassa
Bristol, Colston Hall (United Kingdom)
12
Aug
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Rakastava Op. 14
Ostbottnisches Kammerorchester, cond. Juha Kangas
Radio broadcast BR-Klassik, 09:05 am (Germany)
13
Aug
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Tanz-Intermezzo Op. 45/2
Odense Symfonieorkester, cond. Maria Badstue
Odense, Koncerthus (Denmark)
14
Aug
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Karelia Suite Op. 11
Joensuu Stadtorchester, cond. Istvan Zaborsky
Joensuu, Carelia Hall (Finland)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Orkiestra Sinfonia Varsovia, cond. Robert Trevino
La Roque-d'Anthéron, Parc de florans (France)
15
Aug
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Skogsraet - The Wood Nymph Op. 15
Ulster Orchestra, cond. Esa Heikkila
Belfast, Ulster Hall (Ireland)
21
Aug
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Finlandia Op. 26
Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia
A Coruna, Plaza de Maria Pita (Spain)
  Sibelius, Jean: Tapiola Op. 112
Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, cond. Alexander Liebreich
Tokyo, Suntory Hall (Japan)
25
Aug
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, cond. Pietari Inkinen
Radio broadcast DLF, 09:05 pm - recorded Ludwigsburg, 05/15/2014 (Germany)
03
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 4 in A minor Op. 63
Jyväskylä Sinfonia, cond. Ville Matvejeff
Jyväskylä, Theatre Hall (Finland)
05
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: The Oceanides Op. 73
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
Sibelius, Jean: En saga Op. 9
Lahti Symphony Orchestra, cond. Okko Kamu
Lahti, Sibelius Hall, International Sibelius Festival Lahti, 07:00 pm (Finland)
06
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Kyllikki Op. 41 - 3 Lyric Pieces
Sibelius, Jean: 6 Impromptus Op. 5
Sibelius, Jean: Valse triste Op. 44/1
Folke Gräsbeck (pno)
Lahti, Kalevi Aho Hall, International Sibelius Festival Lahti, 12:30 pm (Finland)
  Sibelius, Jean: Rakastava Op. 14
Lahti Symphony Orchestra, cond. Okko Kamu
Lahti, Sibelius Hall, International Sibelius Festival Lahti, 05:00 pm (Finland)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Landesjugendsinfonieorchester Hessen, cond. Nicolás Pasquet
Hohen Demzin, Schloss Schlitz (Germany)
07
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: 4 Pieces Op. 115
Jaakko Kuusisto (vl), Heini Kärkkäinen (pno)
Lahti, Sibelius Hall, International Sibelius Festival Lahti, 11:00 am (Finland)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Landesjugendsinfonieorchester Hessen, cond. Nicolás Pasquet
Bad Vilbel, Burgfestspiele (Germany)
12
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Orquesta de Valencia, cond. Enrique Artiga
Valencia, Palau de la Música (Spain)
18
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Var det en droem - Was it a dream Op. 37/4
Sibelius, Jean: Varen flyktar hastigt Op. 13/4
Sibelius, Jean: Bollspelet vid Trianon Op. 36/3
Sibelius, Jean: Luonnotar Op. 70
Malmö Symfoniorkester, cond. Kristiina Poska
Malmö (Sweden)
19
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Landesjugendsinfonieorchester Hessen, cond. Nicolás Pasquet
Bad Homburg, Principia Atrium of Saalburg (Germany)
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)
23
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Karelia Suite Op. 11
Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic, cond. Kristjan Järvi
St. Petersburg (Russia)
26
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Karelia Suite Op. 11
Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic, cond. Kristjan Järvi
Bonn, Beethovenfest (Germany)
27
Sep
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Orchester des CJD, cond. Christof Harr
Königswinter, Christophorusschule (Germany)
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: King Kristian II.-Suite Op. 27
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)
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)
  Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 43
Malmö Opera, cond. Leif Segerstam
Malmö, Opera (Sweden)
14
Nov
2014
Sibelius, Jean: En saga Op. 9
Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Ltg. Aziz Shokhakimov
Strasbourg (France)
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)
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. Lorin Maazel
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. Lorin Maazel
München, Philharmonie (Germany)
17
Dec
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Münchener Philharmoniker, Ltg. Lorin Maazel
München, Philharmonie (Germany)
18
Dec
2014
Sibelius, Jean: Symphony No. 1 in E minor Op. 39
Münchener Philharmoniker, Ltg. Lorin Maazel
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: Symphony No. 4 in A minor Op. 63
NDR Radiophilharmonie, cond. Andrew Manze
Hannover, NDR Sendesaal (Germany)
23
Jan
2015
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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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