The Sibelius Academy (Finnish: Sibelius-Akatemia, Swedish: Sibelius-Akademin) is a university-level music school which operates in Helsinki and Kuopio, Finland. It also has an adult education centre in Järvenpää and a training centre in Seinäjoki. The Academy is the only music university in Finland. It is among the biggest European music universities with roughly 1,700 enrolled students. It was founded in 1882 as Helsingfors musikinstitut ("Helsinki Music Institute") and was renamed Sibelius-Akatemia in 1939 to honour its own former student and Finland's most celebrated composer Jean Sibelius. The Academy recently moved into beautiful new facilities in the Helsinki Music Centre, a building they share with the Helsinki Philharmonic and the Finnish National Radio Orchestra.
The Sibelius Academy is one of the organizers of the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition held every five years in Helsinki.
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