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The International Maj Lind Competition is well-recognized piano competition in Finland and around the world. The competition is named after its benefactress Maria (Maj) Lind, née Kopjeff (1876–1942). A keen music lover, who studied the piano in Kuopio and St. Petersburg and married a Helsinki businessman, Arvid Lind.

When he died, she inherited a considerable fortune, some of which she then bequeathed to the Sibelius Academy “for the development of pianists”.

The first Maj Lind Piano Competition was financed by a fund set up under the bequest and held in 1945. Since 2002, it has been held every five years as an international event.

4th Maj Lind Competition. Photo Heikki Tuuli
4th International Maj Lind Piano Competition in 2017. Photo Heikki Tuuli.
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