The Leonora and Yrjö Paloheimo Foundation:
The Leonora and Yrjö Paloheimo Foundation especially focuses on supporting music in Finland. The Sibelius Academy's course centre has operated since 1987 at the Kallio-Kuninkala estate in the historic setting of Lake Tuusulanjärvi. The City of Järvenpää, the Sibelius Academy and the Foundation have a so-called triad agreement, whereby the city and the Foundation support the work of the Sibelius Academy at Kallio-Kuninkala. Support provided by the Foundation consists of investments, annual appropriations for activities and grants for musical education.
The Leonora and Yrjö Paloheimo Foundation began to develop the Kallio-Kuninkala estate into a functioning music campus in 1986. In recent years, the main building, Ylä-Kuninkala, the old cowshed which is now the Leonora Hall, and the Ala-Kuninkala and Metsä-Kuninkala buildings have been renovated. The buildings have been converted into accommodation, practice, recording and concert facilities meeting the needs of the Sibelius Academy. The present investment programme will continue until the end of the 2010s, concentrating on providing additional accommodation and practice space.
The Foundation awards grants on an annual basis for purposes including advanced studies in music in the United States in association with the Finlandia Foundation. It also provides funds for an association supporting the Sibelius Academy's concert and master class activities.
Kallio-Kuninkala is the centre of the Tuusulanjärvi Chamber Music Festival, the Sibelius Festival, the Kallio-Kuninkala festivals and many other local musical events.
The Leonora and Yrjö Paloheimo Foundation was established in 1973. Its founders, Leonora Curtin-Paloheimo and Yrjö Paloheimo, who were American citizens, donated the Kallio-Kuninkala estate in Järvenpää as the basic capital of the foundation in 1975.
Yrjö Paloheimo's father, K. A. Paloheimo, had bought the property around the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. He and his brothers were leading figures in the Finnish national movement. K. A. Paloheimo was an exceptionally active proponent and supporter of a variety of pursuits, even of small scale, always keeping the Finnish national perspective in mind. He also realized from an early stage the importance of creativity in creating national identity, applying it to achieve shared goals of national independence, in the political sphere, science, scholarship, education, art and the economy. The Leonora and Yrjö Paloheimo Foundation continues to cherish and maintain this significance of creativity by supporting the Sibelius Academy's work of musical education and training in Järvenpää.
Yrjö Paloheimo was an honorary Finnish consul in the United States, where he helped make Finnish culture known in various ways. His wife, Leonora Curtin-Paloheimo, was enthusiastically involved in a wide range of cultural pursuits. The Spanish colonial heritage in American and American Indians were also close to her heart. Finland and Kallio-Kuninkala were dear to both of them, and they would often spend their summers at Ala-Kuninkala.
The original charter of the Foundation defined as its purpose support for activities promoting cultural exchange between Finland and the United States. Later, in 1982, maintaining the cultural legacy of old Tuusula was added to the statement of purpose. The Foundation protects this legacy by refurbishing and taking care of the areas and buildings owned by it. At the same time, it carries on the legacy of the Lake Tuusulanjärvi artist community as a vital centre of Finnish culture.