Sibelius Hall (Sibeliussalen)


Size School U-shape Theater Islands Board tables
Sibelius 206 sq.m. 140 45 200 120


johan_sibeliusJohan (Jean) Sibelius (1865-1957) was born in Hämeenlinna north of Helsinki. When he was two years old his father died and only left debts behind. The family had to move to Sibelius grandmother. At the age of ten he played parts of his memories in a concert and around in 1875 the first composition ”Water Droplets” for violin and cello was born.

In autumn 1885, Sibelius moved to Helsinki to study law at the University but the music took all his time. The same year was String Quartet in A minor presented. In 1892 Sibelius lead his large Kullervo Symphony in Helsinki. His life was hectic; he composed, taught, conducted, played chamber music – and was partying! In 1908 he had a surgery for a tumor in his neck, and after that he abstained from using alcohol for seven years. After the surgery the musical design in many of his works became more introspective. The development culminated in the fourth symphony (1911).

In 1926 Sibelius ended his Conductor’s activities. His last great piece are the music to Shakespeare’s The Tempest (1925), from which he created two large orchestral series (1927), and the symphonic poem Tapiola (1926). Besides that, he began to compose his eighth symphony. From the beginning of the 1930’s Sibelius remained silent, but his music conquered the world. The composition of the eighth symphony lasted probably until the year 1938. In the mid-40’s Sibelius burned his work. A few months before his death he still worked on the song ”Come here, dead.”