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Already during your first year of studies, you will get to play as part of the full-scale Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra. 

You will also get the chance to take part in the chamber music activities of the Academy, join the Orchestra Academy at the Helsinki Music Centre, and cooperate with professional orchestras. 

The Academy regularly welcomes international top artists and pedagogues as guests.


You can study violin, viola, cello or double bass as your main instrument. Chamber music, playing in an orchestra and high-level competence in one’s instrument are the core of the studies.

You will also study chamber music, music perception, music history, pedagogy and languages, as well as minor studies of your own choosing. 

You can complement the Cello programme at the University of the Arts Helsinki by completing courses in conducting, jazz, folk music, early music, composition and arrangement, for example.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Orchestral instrument performance
  • Chamber music
  • Coordinating an orchestra section
  • Sight-reading and orchestral repertoire
  • Secondary instrument performance 
  • Audition training

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Helsinki

  • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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