jean sibelius

Jean Sibelius. Photo: Public domain 

Jean Sibelius. Photo: Public domain 

Jean Sibelius (8 December 1865 – 20 September 1957), was a Finnish composer and violinist of the late Romantic and early modern periods. He is widely recognized as his country's greatest composer and, through his music, is often credited with having helped Finland to develop a national identity during its struggle for independence from Russia.

He is most famous for his set of seven symphonies which, like his other major works, continue to be performed and recorded in his home country and internationally. Some of his other best-known compositions are Finlandia, the Karelia SuiteValse triste, the Violin Concerto, the choral symphony Kullervo, and The Swan of Tuonela. Other works of him include pieces inspired by the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, over a hundred songs for voice and piano, incidental music for numerous plays, opera, chamber music, piano music and more. Throughout his career, he found inspiration in nature and Nordic mythology. 

In 2015, the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth, a number of special concerts and events were held in Finland to celebrate his memory.

Sibelius Symphony No.6 and Symphony No.7 will be performed by Philharmonia Orchestra - Esa-Pekka Salonen on 28 September, at 7:30 PM.