The great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (8.12.1865–20.9.1957) spent his summers in Loviisa at his grandmother’s and aunt’s house during his youth. The sun, the sea, summer and light filled him with impressions that were to inspire him for the rest of his life.
In this house he composed the Kullervo symphony in 1892. Today the music institute of Loviisa can be found in the house (adress: Sibeliuksenkatu 10, 07900 Loviisa).
Sibelius composed a lot of chamber music in addition to the seven symphonies, a violin concerto, Finlandia and Valse Triste. The Loviisa Sibelius Festival focuses on high class chamber music. Over the years, this traditional festival has brought a number of brilliant world class stars to the town under the management of artistic director Jan- Erik Gustafsson. The festival will be organized again September 5th-8th 2018. Ticket sales and more information: Loviisa Cultural Office, tel. +358 (0)440 555 499, loviisansibeliuspaivat.fi
Loviisa Town Museum celebrated the maestro with the exhibition the spa era in Loviisa and the young Jean Sibelius in summer 2015. The rooms with Sibelius will be open to public for now. Entrance is free!
LOVIISA TOWN MUSEUM, Puistokatu 2, 07900 Loviisa
tel. +358 40 660 4517, 44 450 5009
Opening hours: loviisa.fi/culture
• The Sibelius house, the music institute of Loviisa, Sibeliuksenkatu 10
• The Sibelius statue, Chiewitzinkatu 2
• Restaurant Loviisan Kappeli, Kuningattarenkatu 19, teehelmi.fi/loviisan-kappeli
• The former high society house, Kuningattarenkatu 24
• The Sibelius family grave, Loviisa Old Cemetery, Perämiehenkuja
• Myllyharju ridge and the Kukkukivi watchtower.
FOLLOWING SIBELIUS’S FOOTSTEPS
Come and experience where our national composer spent his youth! Jean Sibelius spent several summers visiting relatives in Loviisa.
During the guided tour, we will visit spots like the Sibelius park, where Sibelius used to play as a child. We will then proceed to Myllyharju ridge where Sibelius entertained spa guests visiting Loviisa. Then we move on to the Commandant’s House through Laivasilta to get a glimpse of how Sibelius and his relatives lived. We will have lunch at the restaurant Loviisan Kappeli where Sibelius used to perform.
Availability: Tue–Sun from June–August/ Tue–Fri and Sun during winter. Duration: 3.5–4 h.
Group tours and guides: Loviisa Tours - Porvoo Tours Oy, tel. +358 19 574 2200, firstname.lastname@example.org, porvootours.fi
Guided Tours of Loviisa Guides
Guided tours on request. For more information: Loviisa Guides, loviisanoppaat.fi
More information about Sibelius in the brochure Path of Sibelius (available at the Tourist Office) and about the anniversary in 2015: sibelius150.fi
Photos: Creative Peak; the Kappelinpuisto park: Teemu Silván