Nordea Jean Sibelius Orchestra formed to support young musicians

Nordea has entered an extensive cooperation agreement with Jean Sibelius Marketing, the copyright proprietors of Jean Sibelius, to train students of classical music. Nordea supports gifted young students of music by setting up Nordea Jean Sibelius Orchestra in honour of the master composer. Young musicians will receive instruction under the leadership of top Finnish classical music professionals and, above all, valuable experience in playing with a full-ensemble symphony orchestra. Conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste is the first artistic director of Nordea Jean Sibelius Orchestra. - Young gifted musicians need opportunities to play in big orchestras. My first experiences of playing with a symphony orchestra were so meaningful to me that I decided to study to become a musician. I want to convey my own feelings to young musicians through the Nordea Jean Sibelius Orchestra. I am glad to be involved in this project, to support young people and make music with them, says Jukka-Pekka Saraste. The continuing agreement is important for Nordea, particularly as the project reaches young people from all over the country. - This orchestra is one of our main national sponsoring projects. It is consistent with our mission "Making it possible". We have so far supported young athletes, and now culture starts to go hand in hand with sports. Nordea Jean Sibelius Orchestra consists of talented students of classical music. The Orchestra will perform under different ensembles in the bank's events, says Anne Lehmuskoski from Nordea's Market Support. This year Nordea will invite customers to eight Christmas concerts to be played by a chamber orchestra ensemble in different parts of the country, as well as the first festive concert of the orchestra. Young musicians from local music academies will perform during this national tour. The soloists of the Christmas concerts will be opera singers Johanna Rusanen and Hannu Jurmu, with Juha Nikkola as conductor. Nordea Jean Sibelius Orchestra is an ambitious project. We are really pleased that Nordea decided to join in as an open-minded cooperation partner. This fine project also fits well with the values of the Jean Sibelius trademark. It involves a great input in favour of young musicians, says Jukka Jokinen, Managing Director of Jean Sibelius Marketing. The company represents the heirs of Jean Sibelius in commercial joint ventures. For further information: Anne Lehmuskoski, Marketing Director, Nordea, +358 9-165 88102, +358 50 61710 Jukka Jokinen, Managing Director, Jean Sibelius Marketing, +358 400 600 417 Minna Pentti, Executive Manager, Nordea Jean Sibelius Orchestra, +358 500 804 959 www.nordea.com/aboutnordea/sponsring