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Registration for Viitasaari Summer Academy is open

The Summer Academy of Viitasaari Time of Music festival has published the summer courses 2021. The registration is open from 1st April to 2nd of May. Summer Academy offers two courses in summer 2021. Coronavirus safety directives from national authorities will be carefully followed when implementing the courses and the festival programme . Rebellion for… Read more »

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Dear Friend of Time of Music! Despite all of the challenges faced in 2020, this year has also brought many good things to the festival. These positive things make the future look much brighter, and we expect to be able to arrange the festival again in the summer of 2021. Here is some positive news… Read more »

Kristiina Penttinen named as the new Executive Director of Time of Music

Ms. Kristiina Penttinen has been named the new Executive Director of Time of Music festival and the Summer Academy from the beginning of 2021. The festival is one of the oldest contemporary music festivals in Finland and has many international partners. Composer Johan Tallgren continues as the Artistic director of the festival. Penttinen has been working as general… Read more »


Time of Music has participated in Creative Europe’s ULYSSES contemporary classical music project since 2012. On June 3rd, Creative Europe announced, that the project will get an extension starting in October 2020 and lasting until October 2024. Total funding for the eleven participants throughout Europe will be 2 000 000 €, of which Time of Music’s share… Read more »


Due to the current Corona virus situation, the Finnish government has advised to cancel festivals and public events until the end of July. Therefore, the 39th Time of Music festival and related summer academy courses will be postponed to 2021. Time of Music festival has been arranged annually since 1982. This year is the first time… Read more »

New Executive Director of the Time of Music Festival is Mr. Mikko Leppänen

The contemporary music festival Time of Music organized yearly in Viitasaari, Finland will receive a new Executive director from the beginning of the year 2020, Mikko Leppänen. Time of Music is one of the oldest festivals of contemporary music in Finland and has multiple international partners. Mikko Leppänen currently works as the General Manager of… Read more »

Time of Music festival theme for 2019 is The Grammar of Light

The theme of the Time of Music 2019 edition is “The Grammar of Light”. The theme dwells on themes linked in music to light and its metaphysic and existential layers bordering on the sacred and mystic, themes that have been of importance since the beginning of resident composer and teacher Kaija Saariaho’s career. This theme… Read more »

Summer Academy of Contemporary Music at the Time of Music Festival open for applications | Improvisation course will be taught by John Butcher

Time of Music organizes once again the Summer Academy of Contemporary Music from 2nd to 7th July 2019 in Viitasaari, Finland. The three courses of the Academy will be tutored by international guest stars and leading composers, pedagogues and musicians of the world. We welcome all interested music students and young professionals to deepen their… Read more »

Kaija Saariaho and Camilla Hoitenga teach at Time of Music summer courses

Time of Music Festival organized in early July in Viitasaari, Finland has published two summer academy courses. The composer course is taught by composer Kaija Saariaho, a prominent member of a group of Finnish artists who are making a worldwide impact. The award winning composer (Grawemeyer Award, Wihuri Prize, Nemmers Prize, Sonning Prize, Polar Music… Read more »