12th annual Sibelius Academy Music Festival
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12th annual Finlandia University Sibelius Academy Music Festival

Sunday, September 19, to Saturday, September 25

Link to the complete schedule of Sibelius Academy Festival events

PAJU, a folk duo

Pauliina Pajala: fiddle, viola, and nyckelharpa (a traditional Swedish string instrument)
Juulia Salonen: harmonium, wind instruments, and flutes

PAJU is Pauliina Pajala and Juulia Salonen. A versatile and colorful folk duo, Juulia and Pauliina began performing together in 2006. PAJU has delighted audiences throughout Finland with their playful and spontaneous performances. Their repertoire includes Finnish and Finnish-Swedish tunes and their own compositions. From minuets to quick and merry tunes to rune song stories, tThere is a strong living-in-the-moment feel to their playing and many of the songs are different each time. Visit PAJU's MySpace page at: www.myspace.com/pajuduo

Duo Aguirre & León, a contemporary music duo

Arantza Aguirre: accordion
Ana León: clarinet

Dúo Aguirre & León began their musical collaboration in 2008 at the Sibelius Academy when. they soon realized that their aims in music performance were quite similar. Their first performance was in May 2008. Since that they have performed numerous concerts and music festivals, including the International Festival of Navas de San Juan (Andalucía, Spain), the XXIV Cicle of Contemporary Music (Barcelona, Spain), the Palau de la Música (Barcelona, Spain), and several concerts organized by the Jeunesses Musicales of Spain.

The duo has also participated in many competitions. They were awarded the first prize at the "XVI Pòdiums de Música de Cambra" in 2008 (Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, Barcelona, Spain), the "IXth music competition Club Rotary-Sardinero" in 2009 (Santander, Spain), and the "25 Premi de Música Ciutat de Manresa" in 2010. They won second prize in the "Primer Palau 2009" (Barcelona), and the "XI Chamber Music Competition Ciutat de Vinaròs"in 2009.

The duo plays both classical and contemporary music. Having performed in venues of many different kinds, they have had the opportunity to prepare a wide range of musical programs to suit each audience. Some times a solo piece is performed to change the rhythm of the concert and lend a different perspective to the instruments.

Arantza and Ana often play compositions by composers such as Mozart, P. Hindemith, S. Brotons, T. Nevanlinna, H. Berge, M. Murto, A. Piazzolla, J. Moreno, M. de Falla, and J. Tiensuu.

Maria Aru and Liis Joamets, a classical music duo

Maria Aru, piano
Liis Joamets, violin

Estonians Maria Aru and Liis Joamets have been performing together for two years. Their Sibelius Festival concert will feature both well-known and rarely-played musical compositions from the Classical era until the 20th century, including A. Honegger, W.A. Mozart, C. Debussy, S. Rahmaninov, J. Brahms L.v. Beethoven, E. Ysaye. They believe their program will be interesting to both professional musicians and music lovers.