Youth Academy


To celebrate the centenary of Finland’s independence, conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the Finnish Chamber Orchestra have established a Youth Academy to which students studying for a professional musician’s qualification or degree in Finland may apply.

What makes the Youth Academy unique is its focus on chamber music, which is the foundation of ensemble playing not only in the Finnish Chamber Orchestra but also in large symphony orchestras. The teachers and mentors in the Youth Academy are members of the Finnish Chamber Orchestra.

In this exceptional programme, young musicians will have the opportunity to perform under Jukka-Pekka Saraste in a top-rank orchestra at several concerts, for instance at the Tammisaari Summer Concerts in August, at a chamber music recital in Tallinn in June and at private concerts for major Finnish companies. Though compiled annually anew with auditions, the Youth Academy is a three-year project implemented with funding from the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.

Who can apply?

Young people studying for a professional musician’s qualification or degree at a conservatory or university of applied sciences in Finland, or at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, may apply to the Youth Academy.

The application process for the year 2019 shall be published in January 2019 on this page.



Schedule 2018

March, April 2018

Chamber music training weekends


Private concert in Ritarihuone


Tammisaari Summer Concerts

December 2018

11.12. Concert in Helsinki

We will also be offering musicians the opportunity to perform in chamber music ensembles at private functions of our partners. Times and repertoire are to be agreed separately.


The following musicians were chosen to the Youth Academy in auditions in 2018:

Ella Griinari, violin
Sisu Sieppala, violin
Amanda Ernesaks, violin
Kati Välimaa, violin
Violetta Varo, violin
Piia Virtanen, violin
Charlotte Loukola, violin
Charlotta Westerback, viola
Kathy Hao, flute
Claudia Reys Segovia, clarinet
Leena Salminen, oboe
Heljä-Maaria Rantanen, bassoon

In 2017, the following musicians started in the  Youth Academy:

Maya Dufour, violin
Sirkku Helin, violin
Emmi Peltola, violin
Emma Mali, violin
Venla Närhi, violin
Kaisa Anttila, viola
Oili Tuhkanen, viola
Sameli Vettenranta, viola
Tuomas Roos, cello
Saara Särkimäki, cello
Kaapo Kangas, double bass
Martta Jämsä, flute
Sara Hakaste, oboe
José Carlos Domínguez, clarinet
Aron Mojzer, bassoon

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