Finnlands Dirigenten by Vesa Sirén will conquer Germany on the centenary of Finland’s independence


Finnlands Dirigenten – Von Sibelius und Schnéevoigt bis Saraste und Salonen by Vesa Sirén will be published in German in 2017. This 1000-page book was awarded the non-fiction Finlandia prize in 2010. The publication of the German edition and its marketing is an exceptional investment for promoting Finnish musical culture in the German speaking world.

The German publisher Scoventa will publish the book to mark the centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017. They have started an impressive marketing campaign for pre-orders to companies and cultural institutions. There is a homepage in German and English language for subscriptions. Scoventa is also planning to present and sell the book in various musical events related to the jubilee in Germany.


“We are delighted to make this outstanding work available to the German speaking audience. This comprehensive compendium is a must-have for everybody in the world of classical music, professionals and audiences alike. And – it’s an exciting read. We are convinced it is going to have a large impact on the music scene and will also be a herald of Finnish culture in Germany”, says Sonja Hintermeier, the Publisher of Scoventa.


Vesa Sirén (b. 1967) is a writer and a music journalist in Helsingin Sanomat. Sirén is known for his passion in Jean Sibelius and he has published several articles and books on the national composer.


The book is translated by Roman Schatz and Benjamin Schweitzer and edited by Felicia Englmann. Aue-Stiftung and The Otava Book Foundation have supported the translation.