As a part of the competition, a masterclass will be organized for talented students led by international jury members.

The masterclasses will take place on October 7-8 in Helsinki at the Camerata Hall of the Music Centre. There will be 7 lessons each day starting at 10 AM. Most of the students will be from the Sibelius Academy, but there will also be three participants from Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.

The audience is welcome to attend the masterclasses free of charge. These classes offer a unique opportunity to closely observe the work of cello masters and talented students. The last course like this was held in 1996 in alongside the Paulo competition.

You can find the entire jury of the competition along with their biographies here.


10.00-11.00 Alli Mankkinen (Sibelius Academy, Siba)
Teacher: Richard Aaron – Bruch: Kol Nidrei

11.00-12.00 Mirella Pietikäinen (Siba)
Teacher: Richard Aaron – Schubert: Arpeggione sonata 1-2 movements

12.00-13.00 Oskar Friis Hansen (The Royal Danish Academy)
Teacher: Frans Helmerson – Kodaly: Solo Sonata

BREAK 13.00-14.00

14.00-15.00 Birgitta Elisa Oftestad (Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo)
Teacher: Maria Kliegel – Shostakovich: Cello Concerto no.1

15.00-16.00 Liu Pöntinen (Siba Youth department)
Teacher: Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi – Schumann: Cello Concerto

BREAK 16.00-16.30

16.30-17.30 Selma Sköld (Lilla Akademin Stockholm)
Teacher: Ivan Monighetti – Shostakovich: Cello Concerto

17.30-18.30 Joanna Hanhikoski (Siba)
Teacher: Philippe Muller – Beethoven: Sonata in A major 1. mov

SUNDAY 8.10.

10.00-11.00 Anna Westerlund (Siba)
Teacher: Frans Helmerson – Bach: Solo Cello suite no. 5

11.00-12.00 Arthur Daems (Siba)
Teacher: Philippe Muller – Poulenc: Cello Sonata 1. and 2. movement

12.00-13.00 Maria Morfin Venäläinen (Siba)
Teacher: Maria Kliegel – Prokofjev: Sinfonia Concertante 1. mov

BREAK 13.00-14.00

14.00-15.00 Bruno Lima (Siba)
Teacher: Richard Aaron – Korngold: Cello Concerto

15.00-16.00 Pekka Smolander (Siba)
Teacher: Ivan Monighetti – Stravinsky: Suite Italienne

BREAK 16.00-16.30

16.30-17.30 Marta Podwysocka (SIBA)
Teacher: Ivan Monighetti – Shostakovich: Sonata

17.30-18.30 Swann Leclere (SIBA)
Teacher: Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi – Tchaikovsky: Rococo variations

Pianists: Valeria Resjan and Fanny Söderström

The masterclass series is organized in collaboration with the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, the Sibelius Academy Foundation, and the supporting association for the concert and masterclass activities of the Sibelius Academy.