JSFest

The 5th International Competition-festival of Choral, Instrumental Music and Academic Vocal.

 Competition-festival is dedicated to Jean Sibelius.

 

1.  General introduction

«Jean Sibelius is one of those composers who express the character of the Finnish people by their music truthfully and effortlessly», wrote the critic K. Flodin about the remarkable Finnish composer in 1891. The creativity of Sibelius is not only a bright page in the history of the music culture of Finland, but his popularity as a composer has reached far beyond his native land. His most prosperous creative period was between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century — a time of growing national liberation and revolutionary movements in Finland. At the time, the small state was a part of the Russian Empire and tested by the moods of an epoch of social changes preceding a storm. It is remarkable that in Finland, as well as in Russia, this period created a significant rise in the growth of nationalistic art.

Sibelius composed in various genres. He wrote seven symphonies, symphonic poems, three orchestral suites, a concert for a violin with an orchestra, two string quartets, piano quintets and trios, chamber vocal and instrumental works, music and drama performances, but his greatest talent lay in symphonic music. In Finland Sibelius played and plays an important role: he is recognized as the quintessential national composer, a symbol of greatness of the country. During his lifetime Sibelius received honours rendered to few artists. There are streets, parks and an annual music festival named after him, and the music institute he studied in was renamed as the Sibelius Academy. It is because of this that the City of Turku, which houses the Sibelius Museum, is a perfect place to organize this international competition of choruses, instrumental music and academic vocal.

2.  Purposes and objectives of the festival

Objectives:

•    Revival of national music traditions from the end of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th centuries

•    Popularization of choral music in general, particularly Jean Sibelius’ choral works

•    Strengthening of friendly and creative communication between the choral and music collectives of Finland and Russia as well as other countries

•    Perfection of the performing level of various choral collectives during the contest

•    Organization of both solo and combined out-of-competition choral concert, and a Gala concert with the participation of all collectives.

•    Exchange of repertoire of choral music; creation of a general repertoire for the Gala concert.

•    Creation of a combined chorus for the Gala concert.

•    Teaching of master classes and open rehearsals of leading Russian and European choral collectives.

•    Creative meetings with outstanding chorus masters from different countries.

•    Formation of a highly skilled jury from leading musicians, chorus masters and composers.

•    Popularization and propagation of the choral art of music among young people.

3.  Founders and organizers of the competition

The International cultural association of Turku (Turun kansainväliset kulttuurimarkkinat yhdistys ry, Finland) and SEM Consulting (SEM Consulting Oy, Finland).

Supporting organizations

•    The Union of Composers of Russia

•    The Fund of  the Development of Children's Creativity "Preobrajenie"

•    The Committee of Culture of the City of Turku

Informational support:

1.    TV channel «Radost moya» (Russia)

2.    Newspaper «Muzikalnoe obozrenie» (Russia)

3.    Newspaper "Unisono" (Finland)

4.    Newspaper «Turun Sanomat» (Finland)

4.  Terms and the venue of the competition

The second international Jean Sibelius choral, instrumental music and academic vocal competition will be held from the 6th to the November,  in one of the ancient and most beautiful cities of Finland, the city of Turku. The opening of the competition and the concert of friendship «Let the whole world sing! » take place in the concert hall of the Sibelius museum. The competition performances take place in St. Martin’s cathedral, the concert hall of Työväenopisto and in the hall of Conservatory. The Grand Prix completion and Gala concert take place in the hall of Conservatory of Turku. All interested collectives and soloists can participate in the concert «Let the whole world sing! », a performance must not last over 4 minutes.