Competition 2024

The ninth Mirjam Helin competition will take place 3–12 June 2024.

The competition counts among the most prestigious competitions of its kind in the world. It has a reputation for being one of the leading international singing competitions, and many of its former prizewinners, such as Olaf Bär, Elīna Garanča, René Pape, Andrea Rost and Julia Lezhneva have later risen to the top of the world of singing. Designed for outstanding young singers, it is known for its high standard, exacting repertoire, superb prizes and prestigious jury.

The Mirjam Helin competition is known for demanding a broad repertoire (Baroque music, Lied, opera) while at the same time allowing great liberty in the choice of music. The programme does not include any obligatory compositions or composers. The Semifinals do, however, include a song by a Finnish composer.

The Mirjam Helin Competition 2024 is open to singers born in 1992 or later.



The Mirjam Helin Competition is known for its prestigious jury. The chair of the jury in 2024 is opera singer Soile Isokoski. The rest of the jury is to be announced.

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra on the Musiikkitalo stage.


The competition orchestra in 2024 is the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

Musiikkitalo facade and sculptures in front of the building.


Helsinki Music Centre (Musiikkitalo), located in the heart of Helsinki, is also the primary venue for the Mirjam Helin Competition. The Preliminary round will take place in the Sibelius Academy Concert Hall.


The Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition awards prizes in total €190,000 as follows:

Competition Committee

Master Classes and Singers' Studio

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