Panula-Academy Conducting

with professor Jorma Panula



Founded in 2014 the PANULA ACADEMY is the only official training program for aspiring Finnish and International conductors authorized by Maestro Jorma Panula, one of the foremost Pedagogues of the Art of Conducting in the world.

Workshops, Mastercourses, and Seminars take place throughout Finland (Helsinki, Oulu and Turku), and various cities in Europe, most recently Pazardzhik, Bulgaria.

These sessions are taught by Maestro Panula and some of his well know protégés that include Sakari Oramo, Mikko Frank and Jukka Iisakkila, and with the assistance of various other guest artists from a wide variety of disciplines.

A not-for-profit registered organization under the auspices of the “Insert Conducting Foundation”, the mission of the PANULA ACADEMY is to further the pedagogical knowledge, philosophies and techniques of Jorma Panula, encourage youth and foster a new generation of conductors.


Jorma Panula is a Finnish conductor, composer, and teacher of conducting. He was the artistic director and chief conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra from 1963 to 1965, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra from 1965 to 1972 and the Aarhus Symphony from 1973 to 1976. Today, though he is in high demand as a guest conductor throughout the world, he has limited his podium appearances greatly during the past ten years devoting his time mostly to composition and pedagogy.

As a pedagogue he has served as Professor of Conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki from 1973 to 1994 and at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.

Panula has had great influence on the world of conducting through teaching. His has been called the "hidden hand" behind the extraordinary succession of fine conductors that came out of Finland. His students include Esa-Pekka Salonen (Los Angeles, York Philharmonic Composer-in-Residence), Mikko Franck (The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France ), Sakari Oramo (who succeeded Simon Rattle in Birmingham, England), Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Osmo Vänskä (currently in Minnesota). Also his students are Hannu Lintu, Susanna Mälkki, Pietari Inkinen, Rolf Gupta, Jukka Iisakkila and Dmitri Slobodeniouk.

He now teaches conducting courses all over the world including Paris, London, Amsterdam, Moscow, New York, Tanglewood, Aspen, Ottawa and Sydney.

Conductor and pedagogue Jorma Panula is listed in the BBC Music Magazine league-table of the "60 most powerful people in music", featured in the November issue year 2000. Panula was awarded the Rolf Schock Prize in 1997.


Ville Mankkinen - Secretary


Lauri Haapanen - Coordinator