Fortepiano (main instrument)

Seize a globally unique opportunity! Get a master’s degree in fortepiano and increase your knowledge in music composed in the 1700s and 1800s.

Why study here?

The Sibelius Academy is one of the few European institutions that offer master’s studies in fortepiano. We give you the chance to hone your skills in playing this unique historical instrument and learn more about music composed between the years 1730 and 1850, in particular.

Content and objective of the programme

The 2.5-year master’s studies in fortepiano include e.g. individual instruction in historical instruments, chamber music on period instruments, lied work, continuo playing and training in performance practices. The Sibelius Academy has several historical pianos in its use, including a Walter copy (1790), a Graf copy (1828), a Schröter (1840) and an Erard (1889). As a student, you will have the opportunity to play all of these instruments.

With fortepiano as your major, you will develop the skills needed for independent artistic work and learn to master the playing technique and styles required by the central repertoire written for fortepiano. The studies prepare you for a professional life as a soloist, chamber musician or a pedagogue.


Teachers in the degree programme (to be published in December)

Applying to the programme

Our University is one of the most sought-after places to study in Finland. Browse the admissions statistics from previous years.

Doctoral studies

It is possible to complete a licentiate and a doctoral degree at the University as a third-cycle degree. After graduating with a master’s degree, you will have the option to apply for doctoral studies in music and specialise in research-oriented, artistic or applied doctoral studies.