Musica nova Helsinki is Finland’s biggest festival of contemporary music and one of the leading events of its kind in Europe. Held every other year, it was launched in 1981 as the Helsinki Biennale. Musica nova presents Finnish listeners with the most interesting new music, comments on topical issues and seeks to build bridges between contemporary music and other genres of the arts.

The next Musica nova Helsinki is held on February 2021.



Minna Huuskonen
+358 44 088 1232


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Publicist Turkka Ylinen
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In 2017, the festival recorded a total of some 12 000 concert attendances, while a further 700 000 listeners and viewers followed events on the radio and internet.

The Artistic Director of Musica nova Helsinki is the conductor André de Ridder.

The chief organisers are the Helsinki Festival, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish National Opera, the Tapiola Sinfonietta and the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle).

Supported by: The City of Helsinki, Arts Promotion Centre Finland and Culture, The Society of Finnish Composers, Kone Foundation

Musica nova Helsinki is a member of the Finland Festivals organisation.


Musica nova Helsinki
Kalevankatu 6
00100 Helsinki