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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Sibelius Academy and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Sibelius Academy, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Sibelius Academy include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Sibelius Academy alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Sibelius Academy are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Sibelius Academy.

List features Tarja Turunen, Jean Sibelius and more graduates.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Sibelius Academy?” and “Which celebrities are Sibelius Academy alumni?”

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Linda Brava is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Linda Brava Politician, Race car driver, Entrepreneur Linda Magdalena Lampenius Cullberg, better known by her maiden name Linda Lampenius and international stage name Linda Brava, is a Finnish classical concert violinist and recording artist.

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Esa-Pekka Salonen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Esa-Pekka Salonen Conductor, Actor, Composer Esa-Pekka Salonen is a Finnish orchestral conductor and composer. He is currently Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and Conductor Laureate of the ...more

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Erkki Salmenhaara is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Erkki Salmenhaara Music critic, Composer, Musicologist Erkki Olavi Salmenhaara was a Finnish composer and musicologist.

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Yrjö Kilpinen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Yrjö Kilpinen Music critic, Composer Yrjö Henrik Kilpinen was a Finnish composer. He was born in Helsinki, and in 1907 he started his studies in the Helsingin Musiikkiopisto. In 1910 Kilpinen moved to Vienna to continue his ...more

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Matti Salminen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Matti Salminen Opera Singer Matti Salminen is a Finnish operatic bass singer, who has sung at the most important opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan and Bayreuth Festival. Salminen is distinguished by an ...more

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Jukka-Pekka Saraste is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Jukka-Pekka Saraste Conductor, Music Director, Violinist Jukka-Pekka Saraste is a Finnish conductor and violinist. Saraste was trained as a violinist. He later studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy with Jorma Panula, in the same class as ...more

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Aulis Sallinen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Aulis Sallinen Composer Aulis Sallinen is a Finnish contemporary classical music composer. His music has been variously described as "remorselessly harsh", a "beautifully crafted amalgam of several ...more

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Jean Sibelius is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Jean Sibelius Composer Jean Sibelius was a Finnish composer of the late Romantic period. His music played an important role in the formation of the Finnish national identity. The core of Sibelius' oeuvre is his set of ...more

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Jorma Panula is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Jorma Panula Conductor, Teacher Jorma Panula is a Finnish conductor, composer, and teacher of conducting. Panula studied church music and conducting at the Sibelius Academy. His teachers have been: Leo Funtek, Dean Dixon, ...more

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Pekka Pohjola is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Pekka Pohjola Musician Jussi Pekka Pohjola was a Finnish multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer. Best known as a bass player, Pohjola was also a classically trained pianist and violinist. Originally Pohjola rose ...more

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Karita Mattila is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Karita Mattila Opera Singer, Actor Karita Marjatta Mattila is a Finnish operatic soprano. Mattila appears regularly in the major opera houses worldwide, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House in London, ...more

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Tarja Turunen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Tarja Turunen Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer Tarja Soile Susanna Cabuli, generally known as Tarja Turunen or simply Tarja, is a Finnish singer-songwriter. She is a full lyric soprano and has a vocal range of three octaves. Turunen studied ...more

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Sakari Oramo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Sakari Oramo Conductor Sakari Markus Oramo OBE is a Finnish conductor.

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Kalevi Aho is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Kalevi Aho Composer Kalevi Ensio Aho is a Finnish composer.

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Leif Segerstam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Leif Segerstam Conductor Leif Segerstam is a Finnish conductor and composer. He studied violin, piano and conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and conducting at the Juilliard School in New York with Jean ...more

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Usko Meriläinen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Usko Meriläinen Composer Usko Meriläinen was a Finnish composer. He was born in Tampere. In 1954 his Partita for Brass won the Thor Johnson composition competition in Cincinnati, Ohio. His works include: Symphony ...more

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Magnus Lindberg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Magnus Lindberg Pianist, Composer Magnus Lindberg is a Finnish composer and pianist. He was the New York Philharmonic's composer-in-residence from 2009 to 2012 and is the London Philharmonic Orchestra's composer-in-residence ...more

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Einojuhani Rautavaara is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Einojuhani Rautavaara Composer Einojuhani Rautavaara is a Finnish composer of contemporary classical music, and is one of the most notable Finnish composers after Jean Sibelius.

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Kimmo Pohjonen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Kimmo Pohjonen Film Score Composer, Musician, Composer Kimmo Pohjonen is a Finnish accordionist who has revolutionized accordion sounds and performance with his custom-made electrified and modified instrument. Since the mid-nineties he has released ...more

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Eero Koivistoinen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Eero Koivistoinen Eero Koivistoinen is a Finnish jazz musician and saxophone player, who started his career in the mid-1960s. Koivistoinen has worked as a musician, composer, arranger, conductor, producer and ...more

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Mikko Innanen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Mikko Innanen Mikko Innanen, is a saxophonist and composer. Innanen graduated in 2003 from the jazz department of Sibelius Academy, the only university level music academy in Finland. Innanen spent one year ...more

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Gergely Bogányi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Gergely Bogányi Gergely Bogányi is a Hungarian pianist. Coming from a musical family, Gergely Bogányi is one of the youngest ever pianists to have won the Kossuth Prize, becoming one of the ...more

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Kaija Saariaho is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Kaija Saariaho Composer Kaija Saariaho is a Finnish composer. Kaija Saariaho studied composition in Helsinki, Freiburg and Paris, where she has lived since 1982. Her studies and research at IRCAM have had a major ...more

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Soile Isokoski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Soile Isokoski Singer Soile Marja Isokoski is a Finnish lyric soprano. She is an opera singer as well as a concert and lieder singer.

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Susanna Mälkki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Susanna Mälkki Conductor Susanna Mälkki is a Finnish conductor. Trained as a cellist as a pupil of Hannu Kiiski, she later studied conducting with Jorma Panula, as well as Eri Klas and Leif Segerstam, at the ...more

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Einar Englund is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Einar Englund Film Score Composer Sven Einar Englund was a Finnish composer.

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Kim Borg is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Kim Borg Singer Kim Borg was a Finnish bass, teacher and composer. He had wide-ranging, resonant, warm voice.

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Heikki Sarmanto is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Heikki Sarmanto Pianist, Composer Heikki Veli Uolevi Sarmanto is a Finnish jazz pianist and composer. Sarmanto began to play jazz during the 1960s. He studied first at the Sibelius Academy and later at the Berklee College of ...more

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Mikko Franck is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Mikko Franck Conductor Mikko Franck is a Finnish conductor and violinist. Franck was born in Helsinki, and began to play the violin at the age of 5. He continued violin studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, ...more

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Osmo Vänskä is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Osmo Vänskä Conductor, Composer, Clarinetist Osmo Antero Vänskä is a Finnish conductor, clarinetist and composer. He started his musical career as an orchestral clarinetist with the Turku Philharmonic. He then became the ...more

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Paavo Berglund is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Paavo Berglund Conductor Paavo Allan Engelbert Berglund OBE was a Finnish conductor and violinist.

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Tomi Räisänen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Tomi Räisänen Tomi Räisänen is a Finnish composer.

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Erkki Korhonen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Erkki Korhonen Conductor Erkki Korhonen is a Finnish pianist, conductor and former director of the Finnish National Opera. He graduated from the Sibelius Academy in 1983. Continuing his studies in piano, vocal ...more

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Tommi Hakala is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Tommi Hakala Singer Tommi Hakala is a Finnish operatic baritone and winner of the 2003 BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff. He was born in Riihimäki, Finland.

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Paavo Heininen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Paavo Heininen Paavo Johannes Heininen is a Finnish composer and pianist. He studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he was taught composition by Aarre Merikanto, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Einar ...more

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Maria Kalaniemi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Maria Kalaniemi Maria Kalaniemi is a Finnish accordionist. She was originally classically trained, but has become mostly as folk musician having played this music from childhood, besides her classical music ...more

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Eicca Toppinen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Eicca Toppinen Arranger, Songwriter, Musician Eino Matti "Eicca" Toppinen is a Finnish cellist, songwriter, producer, arranger, and drummer. In 1993 he formed the quartet Apocalyptica.

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Perttu Kivilaakso is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Perttu Kivilaakso Musician, Composer, Cellist Perttu Päivö Kullervo Kivilaakso is a cello player for Finnish band Apocalyptica. Like fellow band members Eicca Toppinen and Paavo Lötjönen, he attended Sibelius Academy in ...more

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Jorma Hynninen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Jorma Hynninen Singer Jorma Kalervo Hynninen is a Finnish baritone who performs regularly with the world's major opera companies. He has also worked in opera administration. Hynninen was born on April 3, 1941 in ...more

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Pietari Inkinen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Pietari Inkinen Conductor, Music Director Pietari Inkinen is a Finnish violinist and conductor. He began violin and piano studies at age 4. As a youth, he also performed in a rock band. He attended the Sibelius Academy and graduated ...more

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Elina Vähälä is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Elina Vähälä Elina Vähälä is a Finnish violinist. Vähälä made her concert debut aged 12 with the Lahti Symphony. Elina Vähälä has released CDs and given many ...more

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Kaj Chydenius is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Kaj Chydenius Film Score Composer, Actor, Composer Kaj Chydenius appeared in the 2006 documentary film Revolution.

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Martti Rousi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Martti Rousi Martti Rousi, is a Finnish cellist. Martti Rousi started to play the cello at the age of 8 in Turku. His first teachers were Timo Hanhinen and Seppo Kimanen. He then studied at the Sibelius ...more

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Monica Groop is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Monica Groop Monica Groop is a Finnish operatic mezzo-soprano. After graduating from the Sibelius Academy, she joined the Finnish National Opera in 1986 where she remains a member. She has sung leading roles ...more

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Jimmy Lopez is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Jimmy Lopez Jimmy Lopez is a classical music composer from Lima, Peru. He has won several international awards and pieces composed by him have been performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth ...more

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Petteri Iivonen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Petteri Iivonen Petteri Iivonen is a Finnish violinist. He has studied at the Sibelius Academy, University of Southern California and the Tel Aviv University with Hagai Shaham. In 2005 he won the National ...more

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Topi Lehtipuu is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Topi Lehtipuu Topi Lehtipuu is a Finnish operatic tenor. He has sung a variety of roles from different periods, including the title role in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring at the Finnish National Opera, ...more

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Jüri Reinvere is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Jüri Reinvere Jüri Reinvere is an Estonian composer, poet and essayist who has been living in Berlin since 2005. His compositions often set to music his own poetical writings, whose symbolic and complex ...more

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Mika Väyrynen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Mika Väyrynen Mika Väyrynen is an accordion artist. He started his performance career by giving his debut recital in 1985, when was just 17 years old. Since then, he has concertized all over the world, ...more

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Olli Kortekangas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Sibelius Academy Alumni
Olli Kortekangas Olli Kortekangas is a Finnish composer, born on May 16, 1955 in Turku. His early career in music began in Espoon Musiikkiopisto and the youth choir Candomino. His academic studies in music began ...more