The Sibelius-Academy is known for it's international profile since I started bringing in a multitude of guest teachers and lecturers in my first year of leadership in 1986. Often either the teachers or students play concerts with the guests. In the last year Tim Hagans, Bob Mintzer, Tim Ries, Bernard Fowler and Dick Oatts came through and did gigs with our Alumni Big Band along with some small group concerts. I also got to play piano with three fantastic drummers and a dear friends of mine, Ignacio Berroa, Adam Nussbaum and Billy Hart ! We collaborated in the 2011-2012 season by playing concerts in Helsinki at the Music Centre and the Koko Jazz Club. It's a pleasure to get to observe all these masters at work up close and personal! Whew!

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