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 organizing 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 utilize 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 multi-art production programmed for 2021, where music, dance, composition, media etc. students from different schools will work together.

Our bigger competitions take place in every three year. The Juhani Heinonen Violin Competition, which is limited to students of Finnish music schools, was held in the beginning of March 2019 and next will be in spring 2022. The Ilmari Hannikainen Piano Chamber Music Competition, at the turn of February and March, 2020, was open to ensembles from Nordic and Baltic countries. Next Ilmari Hannikainen Competition will be held in 2023. This time the international category will be open to competitors from all countries. The orchestra in finale concerts is Jyväskylä Sinfonia.

The prizes and winners in Ilmari Hannikainen Piano Chamber Music Competition 2020