Two chamber pianist lecturers for Sibelius Academy

Job offer:

The University of the Arts Helsinki is an international forerunner in education and research in the field of arts and solidifies the arts as a force that reforms society. The University of the Arts Helsinki’s wide selection of programmes in the field of arts and productive dialogue between teaching and research make the University of the Arts Helsinki a unique university on an international scale.

At the University of the Arts Helsinki, you will be part of a diverse and vibrant community that fosters our artistic heritage and provides society with new perspectives and energy. The University of the Arts Helsinki was launched in 2013 upon the merging of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy, and Theatre Academy Helsinki. The Sibelius Academy is the highest-level music educator in Finland, training artists skilled in independent artistic work, teachers, and other music professionals.

The Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki is opening posts for

for a fixed-term post of five years during the period of 1 August 2019 – 31 July 2024. The fixed nature of the contract is based on the need for flexibility, as set by the demands to continuously develop education and reform teaching.
The Lecturer will work in the Department of Piano, Accordion, Guitar and Kantele in Helsinki, one of the ten departments of the Faculty of Classical Music. The chamber pianists’ area of responsibility within the department’s education is, however, directed primarily for students in other departments, especially those in the string and wind instrument departments.
More information about the department can be found via the University of the Arts Helsinki website:
The Lecturer’s tasks
The total working time of the Lecturer is 1,624 hours per annum, including 455 hours of contact teaching. In addition to the actual chamber pianist tasks, the work may also include teaching of chamber and piano music. Carrying the assigned tasks in full will require, on the whole, working weekly with students and collaborating with professors teaching string and wind instruments as well as other teachers, including the head of department and chamber pianist colleagues. 
The approximately 300 students of the string and wind instrument departments play the majority of their repertoire with a pianist, and students from other departments may also need a pianist in their instrument studies. A key task of the chamber pianist is to perform the repertoire of students (an average of 25–30 string and wind instrument students / academic year) in theses and other concerts arranged by Sibelius Academy, on all university education levels, if necessary. The tasks include working as a chamber pianist in admissions and master classes arranged by the academy in the different instruments. The chamber pianist may also be tasked with guiding chamber ensembles and piano students.
In addition to teaching and public performance tasks, the Lecturer will actively take part in planning, arranging and developing the education and artistic work falling under the teaching field in question. They will monitor the development of their field, participate in the department’s regular meetings and work groups, and when necessary, the work of the administrative bodies of University of the Arts Helsinki as well as other development work.
Selection criteria
The Lecturer is required to have a suitable higher university degree. Strong experience acquired from practical work along with particular artistic merits may, however, compensate for a missing degree. Carrying the tasks of the post successfully requires commitment, the highest level of musicianship and command of one’s instrument, extensive expertise and skills in the repertoire of different periods and instruments, excellent performance and teaching skills, good co-operative skills and the ability to develop the field of the position and related education. A suitable doctoral degree is considered an advantage.
The following factors will be considered in the evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications:

  • Suitable education and pedagogical studies
  • Artistic merits
  • Activities as a chamber pianist, especially in the context of higher education or international environment
  • Pianistic talent
  • Teaching skills
  • Extensive knowledge in the repertoire of different instruments
  • Familiarity and command of the performance protocol of key periods
  • Proof of experience in development tasks or expert and confidential posts that require co-operation and organisational skills, in addition to international networking
Based on applications and other available information, the university will call the strongest applicants for a separate demonstration of proficiency, where we will evaluate each candidate’s commitment, aptitude and competence in relation to the post of Lecturer and the demands of the working environment. The demonstration of proficiency will be arranged in Helsinki on 13 –14 April 2019. Those called in will receive the contents of the performance and teaching demonstration by 13 April 2019.

The evaluation will be conducted in English (and in Finnish).

Language proficiency

The teaching languages of the post of chamber pianist are Finnish, Swedish and English. From Finnish applicants, we require fluent Finnish or Swedish language skills, and proficiency in the other national language as well as in English. From non-Finnish applicants, we require strong English language proficiency. Skills are assessed in a proficiency demonstration. The Dean may decide on any deviations on the language proficiency requirements.  
Finnish candidates are required to present one of the following certificates of proficiency in Finnish or Swedish:
  1. A certificate signed by a member or deputy member of the State Board of Language Examinations, or in another manner prescribed by the Decree on the Demonstration of Knowledge of the Finnish and Swedish Languages in State Administration (481/2003) (e.g. by passing the language test included in the basic curriculum of a university-level institution);
  2. A certificate issued by a professor, assistant professor, or lecturer who teaches the language in question at a Finnish university-level institution;
  3. A matriculation examination certificate indicating a pass in the language in question. 
The salary is determined in accordance with the salary system of Finnish universities. The task-specific salary component is on level 5–6. In addition, a personal salary component will be paid. The monthly salary at the beginning of the employment will be approximately EUR 3,100–4,100.
Selection procedure

On the basis of the proposal by the recruitment committee, the Vice Dean, Classical Music will decide which candidates will be invited to the demonstration of proficiency. After the demonstrations, the recruitment committee makes a selection proposal. The Faculty Council comments the proposal, and thereafter the Dean of the Sibelius Academy makes the decision on the appointment of the lecturer. The selection procedure is expected to conclude in May 2019.

How to apply
The application procedure has two parts:
  1. The application period concludes on the 3 March 2019 at 11.59 p.m. (GMT +2). Please address your application to the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, and send it via email along with attachments in pdf format to siba.kirjaamo(at) You will then receive an acknowledgement of receipt via email. 
 Your application must include the following (as a single PDF document):
            1. A letter of application
            2. CV / Recruitment portfolio (Instructions)
            3. Degree certificate

        2. Work sample to be attached to the application (Instructions), recorded a maximum of five years ago:
  1. Piano solo of choice, duration of 5–8 minutes (no Mozart or Brahms). The work may be played with notes.
  2. Mozart: concerto (for violin, Nos. 3, 4 or 5 / for violin and viola / wind instrument) Part 1 unabridged until recapitulation (performed with a soloist)
  3. Brahms: sonata Op. 99 / Op. 100 / Op. 108 / Op. 120 No. 1 / Op. 120 No. 2, Part 1 (performed with a partner)
Prior to the compiling of the employment contract, the successful candidate for the post must provide official copies of required degree diplomas and language proficiency certificates.
The University of the Arts Helsinki plans to implement tenure tracks for the teaching and researcher staff during 2019. The University of the Arts Helsinki’s tenure track system will consist of professor and lecturer tenure tracks. The University of the Arts of Helsinki reserves the right to evaluate the open position’s placement on the tenure track upon the completion of the tenure track criteria. In this recruitment, the possible next stages in the career path include University Lecturer or Teacher.
Without jeopardising the uniform treatment of applicants, the University of the Arts Helsinki reserves the right to leave a position unfilled, continue the application period or consider applications submitted after the application period.
  • For further details concerning the advertised post, please contact the Head of the Department Niklas Pokki, via email niklas.pokki(at) or tel. +358 50 349 7708.
  • For further details concerning applying and the application process, please contact HR Officer Katja Vento, via email katja.vento(at) or tel. +358 40 710 4213. 
The following addition has been made to the language proficiency section of the job description (4th of February 2019): The Dean may decide on any deviations on the language proficiency requirements.  


Job Description

  • Job type/category: Academic
  • Minimal education: Doctorate
  • Minimal experience: 3 - 5 Years Experience
  • Location(s): Finland
  • Other location: Finland
  • Language requirements: English, Finnish, Swedish
  • Other language requirement: english, finnish, swedish
  • Working language(s): English, Finnish, Swedish
  • Other working language: english, finnish, swedish

Deadline for application

  • 03-03-2019

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