Musica nova examines musical dialogues across the Atlantic

Finland’s largest contemporary music festival, Musica nova Helsinki, has published its upcoming programme. The festival will be held during 1–10 February 2019.

”This year’s festival explores many examples of cross-Atlantic musical and cultural dialogues – at a time when North America and Europe may be drifting apart politically. But on the contrary, a new generation of [...] Read more

Ensemble intercontemporain will perform at Musica nova

This iconic contemporary music orchestra returns to Helsinki after a decade away!

Founded by Pierre Boulez in 1976, the Ensemble intercontemporain has earned its place as the world’s most esteemed chamber orchestra with a passion for contemporary music. Based in Paris, the orchestra is comprised of 31 top musicians specialising in 20th and 21st-century music. The [...] Read more

Musica nova Helsinki thanks its audience!

Musica nova Helsinki gathered together 7 600 people to the concerts and lectures organized during the festival. Over half a million people followed the festival through Yle’s radio emissions and streamed concerts.

Musica nova thanks everyone involved and welcomes you all to the next festival in February 2019! The exact dates will be published later.

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European premiere of Grawemeyer Award-winning Play at Musica nova Helsinki

The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra is to perform Play by American composer Andrew Norman at the opening concert of Musica nova Helsinki on February 1. Recent winner of the Grawemeyer Award, Play will replace the premiere of Tyondai Braxton’s TELEKINESIS.

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project performed “Play’s” premiere in 2013, and released a recording on its [...] Read more

Matthew Herbert to perform at Musica nova

The experimental producer, DJ and musician Matthew Herbert will perform at Musica nova on the 5th of February. His latest record The Music was released in 2016 – as a book.

“Somewhere buried in the last 100 years between the invention of the microphone, the tape machine, the sampler and the computer, music has undergone a [...] Read more

Festival tabloid published!

The Musica nova Helsinki tabloid features articles and presentations of the festival’s artists and composers. It’s distributed in the Helsinki center, at the festival venues, libraries and cafés. The articles are mostly in Finnish.

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Whole program published!

Contemporary art music meets modern electronic at Musica nova Helsinki. Alongside new classical music the festival, under the theme of Open Spaces, will also be focusing more strongly than before on electronic music and avant-garde pop.

The chief guests are Grawemeyer Award-winning Michel van der Aa from the Netherlands, American composer, guitarist and multimedia artist Tyondai Braxton, the stargaze collective [...] Read more

Finnish premiere of Michel van der Aa’s Blank Out at Musica nova

A breathtaking combination of opera, 3D-media, poetry, eighties beats and techno. Blank Out pushes operatic boundaries taking the art form to a next level. Nova and the Finnish National Opera is proud to bring the opera to Finland so soon after its world premiere, already hailed as historic.

As in his other works, composer Michel van [...] Read more

Musica nova 2017 opening concert released

The opening concert of Music nova 2017, conducted by new Artistic Director André de Ridder, features both world and Finnish premieres: two fresh voices of the next generation of Finnish composers as well as two internationally renowned composers, who represent groundbreaking developments of contemporary classical music in the 21st century.

Radio Symphony Orchestra’s concert will feature a [...] Read more

Conductor André de Ridder named Artistic Director of Musica nova Helsinki

Conductor André de Ridder has been named Artistic Director of Musica nova Helsinki.The next festival will take place in February 2017.De Ridder’s agreement will cover the 2017 and 2019 festival editions.

Read the press release for more.

Photo © Marco Borggreve

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Musica nova Helsinki thanks its audience!

Musica nova Helsinki gathered together 5 500 people to the concerts and lectures organized during the festival. Over half a million people followed the festival through the radio emissions and streamed concerts.

Musica nova thanks everyone involved and welcomes you all to the next festival in February 2017! The exact dates will be published later.

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Images of the festival at the photo gallery!

The photo gallery in Flickr is updated daily.

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Musica nova begins!

Musica nova Helsinki, Finland’s biggest contemporary music event, will be engaging in dialogue with contemporary music from the 6th to the 14th of February 2015. It will bring numerous composer and artist visitors of international repute to the Finnish capital and present a cross-section of leading names in Finnish contemporary music. The festival this year [...] Read more

Musica nova Helsinki’s programme published

Musica nova Helsinki, Finland’s biggest festival of contemporary music, will run in 2015 from February 6 to 14. The theme for 2015 is Dialogues: between composers and performers, generations and genres. The repertoire is a survey of contemporary music from around the world today: the majority of the works have been written since 2000. The [...] Read more

Musica nova Helsinki’s programme published

Musica nova Helsinki, Finland’s biggest festival of contemporary music, will run in 2015 from February 6 to 14. The theme for 2015 is Dialogues: between composers and performers, generations and genres. The repertoire is a survey of contemporary music from around the world today: the majority of the works have been written since 2000. The [...] Read more

Additional concert for Edgar Allan Poe themed compositions on Fri 13.2.

The Finnish National Opera, one of the main organizers of Musica nova 2015, has announced an additional concert for the two Edgar Allan Poe themed compositions. The pieces will now be presented also on Friday, 13 February, in addition to Tuesday, February 10. Many artists have found Edgar Allan Poe’s (1809-1849) texts wildly inspiring – this [...] Read more

NYKY Ensemble performs the premiere of Denis Cohen’s five part series

NYKY Ensemble, also a regular act at Musica nova Helsinki, will perform French composer Denis Cohen’s 5 Péripéties on Friday October 17, 2014. As the musical director of the piece is Musica nova’s own artistic director, the sellist Anssi Karttunen. 

Péripéties/Events is Denis Cohen’s five-part series of pieces for an expanding group. The series begins with a piano, which is gradually [...] Read more

Musica nova’s full programme will be published in November

There are four concerts published for Musica nova 2014 so far. Detailed concert descriptions can be found in programme-page. Musica nova’s full programme will be published in November 2014. 

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