There are several big summer violin festivals happening in Finland both this upcoming summer and the next. If you’ll be in the area, they’re worth checking out.
15th International Sibelius Festival
This festival will be held in the Finnish city of Lahti, south of Helsinki, September 4 – 7, 2014, at the spectacular glass Sibelius Hall. It will feature rarely-heard original versions of Sibelius’ work, including the challenging Violin Concerto and Fifth Symphony.
The festival will prepare the way for the larger-than-usual jubilee celebration in 2015, which will last a whole week, from August 31 – September 6, and will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sibelius. It is expected to attract visitors from all over the world, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s performances among the highlights.
Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival
Featuring seven arts in seven cities, from July 13 – July 26, 2014, this 45th summer festival will present 73 concerts and will be given by more than 100 top Finnish and international musicians. There will be a mixture of traditional chamber music, music of the Tsars, and some unexpected large-scale rarities, including a Bach Passion.
Korsholm Music Festival
Presented in the Korsholm Church in one of the most beautiful Nordic areas in the archipelago of Korsholm and Vaasa, leading Finnish and international artists will perform music ranging from classical chamber works to baroque compositions. The program will also include new music during the beautiful summertime “daylight” over the course of the festival during, the nights of July 30 – August 6, 2014. This is one of the most popular Finnish chamber music festivals
Those who attend can look forward to watching two famous violinists perform, Cecilia Zilliacus, and Liv Migdal.
Cecilia Zilliacus is one of the most accomplished violinists performing across Europe and the Nordic countries. As a soloist, she has performed at many of the world’s leading concert houses with most of the Swedish symphony orchestras as well as many European and Nordic orchestras. Musicians and composers have come to the Stockholm Concert House to listen to the prize-winning music series by her string trio, ZilliacusPerssonRaitinen, She has recorded albums, four of which have won Swedish Grammies.
Liv Migdal is a new star and is one of her young generation’s most outstanding violinists. She began her artistic studies at the age of eleven, and has won numerous scholarships, prizes, and competitions at the international level, including the Mozart Society Scholarship in 2013. Her concerts have taken her to many European countries as well as Israel and Asia as a soloist with well-known orchestras, and a guest artist at festivals in Finland, Poland, and the Netherlands. In January 2014, her first CD was released with sonatas of Beethoven, Strauss, and Debussy.