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5th January 7 pm Strauss Gala, Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, see lagus.fi for more information

6th January 2 pm Strauss Gala, Finlandia Hall, Helsinki

6th january 6 pm Bach: Christmas Oratorio cantatas IV-VI, Cantores Minores, Finnish Baroque Orchestra, conductor Hannu Norjanen, alto Maria Kettunen, tenor Tom Nyman, bass Juha Kotilainen, Helsinki Cathedral

6th February Sports Gala, Helsinki with Hedvig and baritone Markus Nieminen

February 2016: The new record of Martin Wegelius' songs will be released featuring Hedvig, baritone Tuomas Lehtinen and pianist Gustav Djupsjöbacka. Listen to a sample at my Audio page.

3rd March 7 pm Ariel and Ophelia, muses to the composers Concert at the Music Centre, Helsinki. Music by J. Sibelius, M. Nyman, K. Saariaho,

9th March 7 pm Mozart's Requiem, Helsinki German Church, conductor Riitta Laine

Hedvig Paulig, soprano, Niina Keitel, alto, Niall Chorell, tenor and Rolf Broman, bass

17th April 3 pm Masters and apprentices in the early days of the Sibelius Academy Hedvig Paulig, soprano Tuomas Lehtinen, baritone Gustav Djupsjöbacka, piano at Sellosali, Espoo

24th April 6 pm Faure's Requiem, Hedvig Paulig, soprano, Aarne Pelkonen, baritone, Tom Eklundh, conductor and Grankulla Chamber Choir, Kauniaisten kirkko

25-26th April Recording session: Sibelius songs

29th April 7 pm Faure's Requiem, Hedvig Paulig, soprano, Aarne Pelkonen, baritone, Tom Eklundh, conductor and Grankulla Chamber Choir, Temppeliaukio Rock Church, Helsinki

31st May - 4th June 2016

Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni at The Aleksanterinteatteri, the Old Opera House in Helsinki. For more information please visit: dongiovanni2016.com

9th June 9 pm Faure's and Duruflé's Requiem, Urkuyö&Aaria Festival, conductor Hannu Norjanen, Tapiola Church

June 2016: Heinävesi Music Festival, heinavesimusic.fi

8th July Concert with Otto Tolonen, Guitar, Puumala Church

22-24th July Sibelius i Korpo Festival

August 2016 Echo in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos in Helsinki. More info shortly

Previous engagements: 2015 

International Sibelius Tour

28-29th October 7 pm, Moscow State Conservatory P. I. Tchaikovsky, Moscow

1st July 7.30 pm MCS Arts Festival, Oxford

11th May 5 pm Crown Hall, Jerusalem

8th May 1 pm The Felicja Blumental International Music Festival, Tel Aviv

21st April 6 pm Nasjonalbiblioteket, Henrik Ibsens gate 110, Oslo

Songs and piano pieces by Jean Sibelius with Hedvig and Folke Gräsbeck, piano / Juho Alakärppä, piano

Other engagements:

24th December at 11 am, Finnish Broadcasting company YLE's Christmas service, Turku cathedral with Hedvig as soloist and Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

21st December at 7 pm: Bach: Christmas Oratorio parts I-III, Cantores Minores, Finnish Baroque Orchestra, conductor Hannu Norjanen, alto Maria Kettunen, tenor Tom Nyman, bass Juha Kotilainen, Helsinki Cathedral

19th December at 7 pm Sibelius Christmas songs, op. 1, organ Alf Nybo, Kauniainen Church

18th December at 7 pm: Bach: Christmas Oratorio parts I-III, Cantores Minores, Lohja City Orchestra, conductor Esa Heikkilä, alto Essi Luttinen, tenor Tom Nyman, bass Ilkka Vihavainen, Porvoo Art Factory

8th December 7-9 pm Live broadcast from YLE Radio Vega (in swedish), Sibelius programme and discussion

6th December at 1 pm Järvenpää Hall and 5 pm Loviisa Church, Sibelius orchestral songs, conducted by Pekka Häkkinen

5th December at 6 pm tampere University, Independence Concert with Jaakko Ryhänen, bass and Pirkanmiehet Choir

4th & 12-14th November Recording Wegelius songs in Rasepori, Finland

3rd October at 6 pm Bach Mass in A Major at the Helsinki Music Centre, Camerata Hall, coducted by jonas Rannila

18th September 9 pm, Annual Sibelius Fantasy at Hämeenlinna Town Square, songs and dance numbers directed by juulia Tapola and played by Erkki Korhonen, see hameenlinna.fi for more information 

31st August 6.30 pm Concert at the conference: Music and the Nordic Breakthrough: Sibelius/Nielsen/Glazunov 2015 Oxford Hedvig and Gustav Djupsjöbacka, piano

23rd August 6 pm Sibelius-concert in Hamina. More information: elokuunillat.com

2nd August Sibelius concert at Viitasaari Church with Margareta Brandt, Jaakko Kortekangas, Collin Hansen and Hedvig

31st July 7 pm Mendelssohn Op. 70 Elias conducted by Juhani Lamminmäki with the Vaasa City Orchestra. Kokkola church More information: kirkkomusiikkijuhlat.fi

19th July 4 pm Gala-concert of the Sibelius i Korpo-festival. Songs and chamber music by Sibelius

18th July 6 pm Sibelius' only opera The Maiden in the tower (sung in swedish) with Hedvig (the Maiden), Monica Groop (mezzo), Dan Karlström (tenor), Jussi Merikanto (baryton), Folke Gräsbeck (piano) and the university choirs Flora and Brahe Djäknar from Turku. More information: Sibelius i Korpo- festival. Korppoo (in the Archipelago)

11th July 7 pm Jaakko Ryhänen, bass and students at Jysäskylän Kesä, Äänekosken kirkko Scenes from the Magic Flute and Finnish Masterpiece Viimeiset kiusaukset by J. Kokkonen

7th, 14th and 20th July 12 am A Tribute to Sibelius at Espan lava, The esplanade park in Helsinki. Sibelius solo songs with English summaries and introductions. Free admission

8th July 7 pm Hedvig and Otto Tolonen, guitar, perform a selection of folk songs from Finland, Great Britain, Greece and Spain. The Agricola-club, Tehtaankatu 23, Helsinki Admission 15€

1st July 7.30 pm MCS Arts Festival, Oxford Songs and piano pieces by Jean Sibelius with Hedvig and  Juho Alakärppä, piano

23rd June 5 pm A Tribute to Jean Sibelius. Hedvig and Juho Alakärppä perform songs and piano pieces by Sibelius in the Helsinki Cathedral Crypt, Kirkkokatu 18. Free Admission

28th May - 28th June Hedvig and pianist Marko Hilpo perform 5 songs by Erkki Melartin. The songs were recorded at the Finnish Broadcasting company and can be listened to at: http://areena.yle.fi/1-2743183  The songs are right in the beginning of the program.

15th April - 15th May Watch Hedvig perform Sibelius songs for the Finnish Broadcasting company: www.yle.fi/klassinen and look for "Kantapöytä 15.4.2015" In the beginning of the program Hedvig sings "Våren flyktar hastigt" and "Var det en dröm". Later in the program, at 20.03', one more song, "Illalle" after which there is an interview in Finnish. The pianist is Gustav Djupsjöbacka.

March 2015: Tribute to the Finnish Soprano Emma Engdahl (1852-1930), who had an international career and many admirers, among them Franz Liszt . She excelled in roles such as Adina (Elisir d'Amore), Violetta (La Traviata) and even Elsa (Lohengrin), but also as an interpreter of Lieder. Ulla Grönvall-Streng tells about her life and reads from her letters (in Swedish) and Hedvig and Folke Gräsbeck, piano performs a variety of songs and arias from her repertoire (Schumann, Pacius, Merikanto, Bizet, Rossini, Verdi and Wagner).

Performances: 4 th March The Sibelius Museum, Turku 

13th March Schauman Hall, Pietarsaari

16th March G-18 Concert Hall, Yrjönkatu 18, Helsinki

February 2015: Finnish composer Erkki Melartin (1875-1937) wrote 6 symphonies, over 400 piano pieces and around 300 solo songs, of which around 80 in Swedish. Very few of these songs have been recorded and therefore the Erkki Melartin Society has commissioned a CD with 22 of his Swedish songs. The recording sessions will begin in February with Ilmo Ranta, piano and Jan Söderblom, violin and myself. 

Autumn 2014:

31st August at 7 pm: Stadin sävelet- Goodwill concert, Helsinki Old Church

3rd September at 7 pm: Sibelius songs and arias from The Hunt of King Charles by Pacius, Kymi Sinfonietta, Conductor Tuomas Hannikainen, Kotka Concert Hall

4th September at 7 pm: Sibelius songs and arias from The Hunt of King Charles by Pacius, Kymi Sinfonietta, Conductor Tuomas Hannikainen, Kuusankoski Hall

28th September at 6 pm: Larsson: Förklädd Gud and Mozart: Laudate Dominum with Kauniaisten Kamarikuoro GÖR and Kauniaisten orkesteri, Olari Church, Espoo

14th October at 7 pm: Tribute to the Soprano Emma Engdahl (1852-1930), songs and arias from her repertoire. Piano: Folke Gräsbeck, recitation: Ulla Grönvall-Streng, G-18 Concert Hall, Helsinki Postponed to 16th March 2015

28th October at 7 pm: Rangström: Den mörka blomman, Wegelius String Orchestra, orchestrated and conducted by Tomas Djupsjöbacka, G-18 Concert Hall, Helsinki

6th November at 7 pm: Vivaldi: Gloria, Bach cantata 69, conductor Riitta Laine, The German Church, Helsinki

13th November at 7 pm: Love-Death-Abandonment: Songs and Works by Sibelius, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra and Taite- productions, conductor Tuomas Hannikainen, Porvoo Art Factory

30th November at 6 pm: Larsson: Förklädd Gud and Mozart: Laudate Dominum with Kauniaisten Kamarikuoro GÖR and Kauniaisten orkesteri, Uusi Paviljonki, Kauniainen

6th December at 2 pm: Independence Day Concert, Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki

8th December at 6 pm: Love-Death-Abandonment: Songs and Works by Sibelius, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra and Taite- productions, conductor Tuomas Hannikainen, Ateneum Art Museum Helsinki

15th December at 7 pm: Bach: Christmas Oratorio parts I-III, Cantores Minores, Lohja City Orchestra, conductor Hannu Norjanen, alto Maria Kettunen, tenor Tom Nyman, bass Juha Kotilainen, Lohja Church

18th December at 7 pm: Bach: Christmas Oratorio parts I-III, Cantores Minores, Lohja City Orchestra, conductor Hannu Norjanen, alto Maria Kettunen, tenor Tom Nyman, bass Juha Kotilainen, Porvoo Art Factory

19th December at 7 pm: Bach: Christmas Oratorio parts I-III, Cantores Minores, Lohja City Orchestra, conductor Hannu Norjanen, alto Maria Kettunen, tenor Tom Nyman, bass Juha Kotilainen, Helsinki Cathedral