Wärtsilä to support the joint orchestra of Sibelius Academy and the Juilliard School

Wärtsilä Corporation, News, 16 December 2016 at 09:05 UTC+2
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The Finnish Sibelius Academy and the New York based Juilliard School will organise a joint concert tour in Helsinki, Stockholm and New York in August-September 2017. The conductor and the trainer of the student orchestra will be the world famous Sibelius Academy alumni Esa-Pekka Salonen. Half of the orchestra members will be from Sibelius Academy and the other half from Juilliard. The tour is dedicated to celebrate Finland’s 100th birthday.

“Innovation and new business model thinking are high on the agenda in Wärtsilä and this cooperation opens up new possibilities for profiling Wärtsilä and offering memorable experiences for our different stakeholders,” describes Atte Palomäki, Executive Vice President, Communications & Branding, Wärtsilä Corporation.

Founded in 1905, the Juilliard School is considered the best performing arts university in the world. Last March, it was ranked first in the QS World University Ranking, in which performing arts were included for the first time. The Sibelius Academy was ranked 7th – the only Finnish university in the top 10.

Sibelius Academy, the cornerstone of Finnish music, has long traditions. It is established in 1882 and it is the only university-level music institution in Finland. The academy trains artists skilled in independent artistic work, teachers, and other music professionals.

”We at Wärtsilä value passion and creativity and believe in maintaining a curious attitude towards the future. To stay competitive we need to constantly be alert about trends, innovation and new thinking and we need to embrace change. This cooperation provides a wonderful practical showcase of leadership and mentoring for colleagues within Wärtsilä. We are proud and honoured to partner with this hallmark project of virtuosity and to support the training of fine arts,” continues Palomäki.