Jyväskylä Music Competitions
Keski-Suomen musiikin edistämissäätiö sr, or The Foundation for Music Promotion in Central Finland was established in 1951 in the city of Jyväskylä by private donors, who were committed to supporting young people in their musical pursuits. The stated purpose of the foundation was to advance music education in the region mainly by organising music competitions and other opportunities for students to perform in front of a live audience.
Jyväskylä, the capital of Central Finland, is a dynamic and modern university town in the heart of the beautiful lake district. It is the cradle of Finnish pedagogic know-how and has provided the foundation for the successful school system in the country. The seminary for teacher education was established already in 1860 and was from the beginning on the cutting edge of pedagogy. This strong tradition of producing highly competent teachers has put Finland repeatedly among the top countries in the PISA-rankings.
Music education follows the same exacting pedagogic standards. The country is covered by a network of institutions that offer courses from first grade to university. One of our goals is to act as catalyst and utilise this network by combining existing resources in a creative way. For example, we are putting together a symphony orchestra by selecting students from all the institutes in the region. Another multilevel project is a ballet programmed for 2020, where music, dance and composition students from different schools will work together.
Our next big competitions take place in 2019 and 2020. The Juhani Heinonen Violin Competition, March 1.-6.2019, is limited to students of Finnish music schools. The Ilmari Hannikainen Piano Chamber Music Competition, in the beginning of March, 2020, is open to ensembles from Nordic and Baltic countries. We hope to welcome as many talented musicians as possible from all of these countries to compete in the noble art of chamber music.