Martin Wegelius (10 November 1846 – 22 March 1906) was a Finnish
composer and musicologist, primarily remembered as the founder, in
1882, of the Helsinki Music Institute, now known as the Sibelius
Wegelius studied in Leipzig, Vienna and Munich. He had intended to
pursue a career as a composer, and wrote handful of orchestral works
and a significant number of chamber and vocal works. He was a
particular admirer of
Wagner but wrote predominantly in the Romantic
style. After founding the Institute he had little time for composing,
and appears to have concentrated exclusively on teaching. The most
famous graduate of Wegelius' Institute was Jean Sibelius.
He is often compared with his contemporary and rival Robert Kajanus,
founder of the Helsinki Symphony Orchestra, the first professional
symphony orchestra in the Nordic countries.
He is buried in the
Hietaniemi Cemetery in Helsinki.
^ "Hietaniemen hautausmaa – merkittäviä vainajia" (PDF). Helsingin
seurakuntayhtymä. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
Martin Wegelius in 375 humanists – 6 May 2015. Faculty of Arts,
University of Helsinki.
ISNI: 0000 0000 5337 2255
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