History of the competition

Miss Maria Kopjeff (Mrs Maj Lind) in Kuopio, August 1896. Photo: Victor Barsokevitsch. Kuopio Cultural History Museum.

International Maj Lind Piano Competition is named after Maj Lind (née Kopjeff, 1876–1942), a keen music lover who, in her will, bequeathed some of her assets to the Sibelius Academy “for the promotion of piano performance”.

The first Maj Lind Piano Competition funded out of this bequest was held in 1945. It has been an international competition since 2002 and thereafter at intervals of 5 years.

Read more: the blog Maj Lind!