Deepened cooperation between TeliaSonera Finland and the Sibelius Academy

Press Release 6 October 2004

Deepened cooperation between TeliaSonera Finland and the Sibelius Academy

Experienced artists support young singers

TeliaSonera Finland and the Sibelius Academy have created a cooperation programme where two artists with an international career in vocal music are mentoring three promising young singing students. The programme lasts until the end of the academic year 2006-2007. The cooperation is carried out in accordance with Sonera's sponsoring model.

The mentors selected are two Finnish stars of vocal music: one is baritone Tommi Hakala, who in 2003 won the Cardiff Singer of the World competition, one of the world's most esteemed singing competitions, and the other is mezzo-soprano Lilli Paasikivi, who has won several Finnish and international awards and who has been engaged at the Finnish National Opera since 1998.

The mentees are Rolf Broman, Ilona Jokinen, Mika Kares, Marion Melnik, Timo Riihonen and Julia Sitomaniemi. The students selected for the network come from the Sibelius Academy's department of vocal music. The criteria for the selection of mentees included teamwork skills and willingness to commit to the cooperation, in addition to artistic merits. The students were selected by a jury comprising rector of the Sibelius Academy Gustav Djupsjöbacka, director of the department of vocal music Outi Kähkönen and professors of vocal music Petteri Salomaa and Markus Lehtinen, as well as a representative of TeliaSonera Finland and a representative of the department of vocal music.

Professional support through networking

With the help of networking we aim to create an environment in which know-how and experience is transmitted from a more experienced mentor to a promising young artist who can make use of the information received in his or her studies and career decisions. The network activities include meetings, three master class exercises a year and a chamber opera production, which is to be realized twice during the agreement period. It is not the task of the mentors to function as regular teachers - rather their role is that of a professional helper.

"Young singers often worry about what to do after they have completed their studies and how to behave in singing competitions and abroad. Work abroad may also give rise to a lot of questions. With this cooperation model we hope to facilitate the professional advancement of young, talented artists," says Director Jari Elo of TeliaSonera Finland.

"We are very happy to participate in this type of cooperation, which supports the professional development of young artists. We believe that the cooperation will provide concrete benefit to these young singing students who are still searching for their professional direction," says Tommi Hakala.


For further information, journalists can contact:

Jari Elo, Director, TeliaSonera Finland Oyj
Mobile phone: +358 (0)40 500 9840

Press service +358 2040 60235

TeliaSonera

TeliaSonera Finland Oyj, the Finnish profit centre of TeliaSonera, offers products and services under the Sonera brand.

TeliaSonera is the leading telecommunications company in the Nordic and Baltic regions. At the end of December 2003 TeliaSonera had 11,957,000 mobile customers (37,610,000 incl associated companies) and 8,061,000 fixed customers (9,160,000 incl associated companies) and 1,631,000 internet customers (1,691,000 incl associated companies). Outside the home markets TeliaSonera has extensive interests in the growth markets in Russia, Turkey and Eurasia. TeliaSonera is listed on the Stockholm Exchange and the Helsinki Exchanges. Pro forma net sales January-December 2003 amounted to SEK 81.7 billion (EUR 9.01 billion). The number of employees was 26,694.

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