The Mirjam Helin Competition starts May 20th - follow the competition online

Press release
May 15, 2019

The Mirjam Helin Competition starts May 20th - follow the competition online

Kateryna Kasper in 2014 / photo: Heikki Tuuli

The Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition starts May 20th in Helsinki. The competition is held for the eighth time. Nearly 50 young singers from 20 countries will aim to win the prestigious competition. The top three countries among the competitors are South Korea, Russia and the United States. A total of €173,000 will be awarded in prizes. The competition can be followed online, streamed live or recorded.

The members of the Mirjam Helin Competition jury are impressive stars of the world of singing: Olaf Bär, Ben Heppner, Vesselina Kasarova, François Le Roux, Waltraud Meier, Deborah Polaski, Kiri Te Kanawa and Jorma Silvasti (Chairman). For many of the competitors, the feedback they receive from a singer they admire stands them in good stead for the future. 

The four best men and four best women will each receive a prize. The finalists on 29 May will be performing with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu. 

The Mirjam Helin Competition is held at five-year intervals. The first prize for women in the 2014 competition went to Ukrainian soprano Kateryna Kasper and that for men to Beomjin Kim from South Korea.

The competition schedule

- Preliminary rounds 20-23 May 2019, 10 am and 5 pm (CEST)
- Semifinals 24-25 May 2019, 10 am and 5 pm (CEST)
- Final 29 May 2019, 5.30 pm (CEST)

The competition can be followed online streamed live and recorded:

One of the world’s leading international singing competitions, the Mirjam Helin is intended for the cream of the world’s young singers. The aim of the competition founded by professor, singer and voice teacher Mirjam Helin (1911–2006) is to find the most talented young singers and to give them a major boost in their international career. Many of the prizewinners, such as Elīna Garanča, René Pape and Nadine Sierra, have risen to the top of the world of singing. The Finnish Cultural Foundation has been organising the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition at five-year intervals since 1984.

Further info:


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Executive Director Marja-Leena Pétas-Arjava
Tel. +358 50 501 4026, [email protected]

Communications Manager Katja Viitalähde-Annala
Tel. +358 50 395 6084, [email protected]