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Jean Sibelius

...Sibelius's music, because it so readily evokes mental images, landscapes, and a sense of the organic (as opposed to the artificial or mechanical) was, from the start of the composer's career, extremely audience friendly - Leon Botstein, music director of the American Symphony Orchestra of the giants of musical imagery this century - Gerald Fenech, Classical Music on the Web

Key Works:
Career Highlights:
  • 1915 completes Symphony No 5
  • 1914 receives an honorary doctorate from Yale University, USA
  • 1889-91 studies in Berlin and Vienna
  • 1889 premiere of String Quartet in A minor
  • 1885 attends the Helsinki Music Institute (now the Sibelius Academy)
  • 1880 begins violin lessons

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