The Loviisa Sibelius Festival is an international chamber music festival held in the picturesque seaside town of Loviisa. The great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius spent his childhood summers at his grandmother’s house in Loviisa where the sun, the sea and the light filled him with impressions that were to inspire him for the rest of his life.
This year the Loviisa Sibelius Festival takes place from 5th to 8th September 2018. Over the years, The Loviisa Sibelius Festival has brought numerous world-class artists to the town under the management of cellist Jan-Erik Gustafsson, who has been Artistic Director of the festival for the past twenty years.
The festival artists are Jan Söderblom, violin, Christoffer Sundqvist, clarinet, Razvan Popovici, viola, Vikingur Olafsson, piano, Jan-Erik Gustafsson, cello, Anna-Liisa Bezrodny, violin, Pami Karvonen, piano, Tuuli Lindeberg, soprano and Lohja City Orchestra conducted by Esa Heikkilä.
The festival starts with a concert visit to Porvoo Cathedral on Wednesday 5th September and on Thursday the evening concert Alla Zingarese takes place in Loviisa Gymnasium with a program including violin pieces by Jean Sibelius and a piano quartet by Johannes Brahms.
Friday’s culinary concert at the Manor house of Malmgård is unfortunately already sold out.
Saturday 8th September is full of entertainment for all ages. For families with young children there is a concert (in Finnish) about friendship by the orchestra Mimmit, well-known from children’s TV. Also the concert Pohadka-A Fairy Tale is suitable for the whole family. At the idyllic summer restaurant Kappeli, the festival artists perform together with a string quartet from Porvoo Music Institute, and the young, promising dancer Siiri Terävä.
The final concert of the festival takes place in Loviisa Church at 7 pm. The concerts starts with Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa and ends with Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 7.
Loviisa is only about one hour’s drive from Helsinki.
Welcome to The Loviisa Sibelius Festival!
Loviisa Cultural Services
Cultural producer Agneta Longhurst
Tel. +358 440 555 354
The programme: loviisansibeliuspaivat.fi