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The entire programme of Time of Music has been published

Finland’s oldest annual contemporary music festival gathers the top names of contemporary music to Viitasaari again from 4th to 9th of July. The festival will be opened by London Sinfonietta, who are visiting Finland for the first time in 30 years. Other guests include for example the composer-singer Joan La Barbara, the Swedish ensemble Norrbotten NEO… Read more »

Time of music presents a communal spatial work and a concert in the dark

The Quatuor Bozzini string quartet bring a spatial work to Viitasaari – a concert in which anyone can be a part of the performance. This year’s theme at Time of Music, Voices and Spaces, also manifests itself through a concert in a pitch-dark concert hall. John Cage’s visit 40 years ago will be remembered in… Read more »

Come and join a communal sound and space work!

Whether you’re a hobbyist or a professional musician, you have now a chance to be a part of a unique concert experience! On Saturday, July 8, the Quatuor Bozzini string quartet will hold a concert at the Viitasaari church where anyone who can play or sing can participate in the performance, regardless of the instrument… Read more »

London Sinfonietta opens Time of Music

One of the world’s leading contemporary music groups London Sinfonietta brings to Viitasaari Hans Werner Henze’s masterpiece Voices to be heard for the first time in Finland. The large song cycle will be performed as a set of two concerts on 4th-5th of July. The theme of the Time of Music festival 2023, “Voices &… Read more »

John Cage: Song Books, with Joan La Barbara, stage / music director

Course Description John Cage: Song Books is a performance-based course  for singers, instrumentalists, actors, composers, and those working with electronics. Song Books (composed in 1970) is a large-scale theater-work consisting of 90 “Solos” which is put together by the performers who choose which Solos they will perform and map them over an agreed-upon duration timeline.The… Read more »

Composition course, taught by Liza Lim

Composition Course The composer course consists of public lectures and private  student lessons. It is possible to apply for the course with an option to compose a new piece for a chamber ensemble formation  (available ensembles will be Quatuor Bozzini ,Riot Ensemble  and Norbotten Neo, 2-8 musicians) which will be premiered during the last days… Read more »


Time of Music Festival and Summer Academy 2023 will take place on 4-9 of July 2023. Time of Music Summer Academy offers unique opportunities to study contemporary music with the world’s first and foremost composers, pedagogues and musicians in an inspiring environment with colleagues from all around the world. Application to the courses is now… Read more »

Time of Music’s anniversary festival fulfilled all the expectations

After two exceptional years, the Finnish contemporary music festival Time of Music offered the latest works of contemporary music on its own terms. The festival’s 40th anniversary program opened with the world premiere of Mark Applebaum’s longest work to date.The one hour-long Venture Capital Punishment was performed by New York-based Talea Ensemble. Evoking both excitement and positive confusion, the concert was… Read more »

Time of Music’s 40th anniversary video now on YouTube

Interviews made at Time of Music in 2021 about the coming 40th anniversary festival. Discussing Artistic Director Johan Tallgren, cellist Markus Hohti, former employee Jari Hoffrén, Mayor of Helsinki Juhana Vartiainen, and the founder of Time of Music Timo Kinnunen. Video by: Kim Saarinen.