Selected Articles from Archives
Finland and Estonia - Brothers in Music

Finland and Estonia – Brothers in Music

Tallinn Music Week is the self-proclaimed "largest indoor festival of the Baltic-Nordic region" and the first logical step abroad for many Estonian artists is their north-western neighbour, Finland. But what kind of a spiritual bond has been built up between the countries since the collapse of the Iron Curtain.
FMQ Spring 2016 Guest Column: Similar but different

FMQ Spring 2016 Guest Column: Similar but different

"The Estonian and Finnish contemporary music scenes share many similarities but also have considerable differences. I can say this from my own first-hand experience as an Estonian composer who has lived and studied in Finland for a long time. The differences may come as quite a surprise, considering how close our two nations are culturally."...
Shared roots

Shared roots

The nature of folk music has always included the shameless borrowing of refreshing material from elsewhere - right now Baltic Finnish influences are rising to the top in Finland.
Music research in Finland looks east

Music research in Finland looks east

In the academic world, Finland boasts a high level of expertise in all things Russian. Over the past decade, musicologists too have begun to show an increasing interest in our eastern neighbour and above all in its history.
Passion against rule(r)s

Passion against rule(r)s

Estonian musicologist Heli Reimann has come a long way, from a country village in Soviet Estonia via Florida to the University of Helsinki. As a musician and a scholar, she immersed herself in Estonian jazz culture in the Stalin era, delving into the reminiscences of musicians of the time and their underground jazz parties.

Singing with our neighbours – Editorial from FMQ Spring/2016

Whatever the geopolitical or economic situation, music remains one of the best tools for fostering understanding between peoples. It is the first step across all manner of borders – to the alien, the other.
Järnefelt in a Wagnerian light

Järnefelt in a Wagnerian light

Armas Järnefelt is today principally known for two lovely miniatures: Preludi and Berceuse. Yet he was the composer of several extensive works who introduced a new, Wagnerian voice into Finnish music.
25 years of the FMQ

25 years of the FMQ

It all began when Ellen Urho, then Rector of the Sibelius Academy, hit on the idea of launching a musical counterpart to Form Function Finland and Books from Finland, devoted to design, architecture and literature...
The hidden memory of the nation

The hidden memory of the nation

" All nations have an indigenous construct of 'popular music' which is largely unknown abroad. "
Kalevi Aho: "Music must communicate"

Kalevi Aho: “Music must communicate”

For Aho, composing music is an inevitable way of contemplating existential questions and of taking responsability for what is happening in the world.

Music for life

Finland's music education has succeeded in combining the best features of the old Russian and Hungarian schools with the principles of the Nordic welfare state and democracy. Establishing a good relationship with music has become the basis of the new teaching methods. The audible result - quality - nevertheless continues to occupy a significant role....

Conductor Education in Finland

Between the mid 1970s and the early 1990s Professor Jorma Panula and his students made the Finnish training for conductors both widely known and highly acclaimed. But where did it all begin - and what has happened since?