Helsinki Music Centre – PreludeProgram: 13. Helsinki Music Centre
August 2011 saw the opening of the Helsinki Music Centre in Finland. In addition to a 1,700-seat concert hall that can accommodate Helsinki’s two excellent classical music orchestras - the Finnish Radio Symphony and the Helsinki Philharmonic - it also has five smaller concert halls, the Sibelius Academy, which trains promising Finnish musicians for the future, a media library and a café-restaurant. The architects had two main objectives: to create, in the heart of the Finnish capital, a building in harmony with its urban surroundings, and a concert hall with outstanding acoustics. This documentary provides an overview of the history of the creation of the Helsinki Music Centre, a project that sparked a vast debate over its high cost, and features comments by its four main players: its director, Helena Hiilivirta, chief architect Marko Kivistö, and two young conductors, Dalia Stasevska and Santtu-Matias Rouvali. In March this film won the prestigious Grand Prize at the 2013 International Festival of Films on Art ( FIFA ) in Montreal.