About Us

Järna Festival Academy is a not-for-profit organisation exclusively funded by donations, public grants and ticket sales, with additional support from our business partners. Järna Festival Academy sincerely thanks its sponsors and partners for their essential support. The support from our partners and sponsors is invaluable and indispensable as we continue to develop and provide an innovative, diverse cultural programme of events.

Järna Festival Academy had its premiere in the summer of 2017. The first year focused primarily on the students and academy with fourteen admitted students. Järna Festival Academy 2017 hosted five resident musicians and six public concerts were arranged. The festival took place on July 2-8.

Click HERE to download the 2017 festival brochure. (Only available in Swedish)

The 2018 festival consisted of 14 concerts, including an opera, concerts’ for children, a baroque concert during sunset inside the Skyspace piece of art, chamber music concerts, and much more. Twenty-three students were admitted to the masterclasses and fourteen artists and musicians worked together during the intense week.

Järna Festival Academy 2019 has taken another big leap in size and ambitions and this edition will consist of 10 full festival days with 32 public performances and 24 masterclasses.

founders and artistic directors

Cellist Jakob Korany and pianist Peter Friis Johansson have been friends since their early student days. Beyond their friendship, the two share a close musical connection and are frequent collaborators from recording their debut album together to numerous concerts and projects around their native Sweden.

For both Jakob and Peter, Kulturhuset i Ytterjärna has been a place of inspiration and musical possibilities. After years of developing their professional careers independently, the pair decided to once again join forces and founded the Järna Festival Academy in 2017.

The Järna Festival Academy is a multi-faceted cultural, educational and community space. It presents a series of events to a broad spectrum of people (many free of cost), tuition-free musical education and hosts an innovative and high-calibre chamber music festival. JFA works closely with El Sistema Södertälje and numerous local companies that align with the organisation’s ethos to make a meaningful contribution to society and the world of classical music.

Noomi Hedlund
After serving in the Swedish Naval Intelligence, Noomi studied music and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Luleå University of Technology in 2009.

Noomi has been the CEO and Artistic Director for the annual music festival in Piteå. Later, she became Director of Dalhalla Opera, re-launching full scale opera in Dalhalla with Das Rheingold in 2013, followed by Turandot in 2015.

In 2015, Noomi founded On a Boat Productions. The company represents artists in different genres on the highest international level. Noomi also acts as consultant, lecturer and moderator for several different organizations.

Noomi is a member of the board of Music Managers Forum (MMF) Sweden, member of the National think tank Unga tankar om Musik and Swedish Fellow in the International Society for the Performing Arts (2020-2022

Pauline Claise
Academy producer

Pauline Claise is the Academy administrator and Hostess for Järna Festival Academy. With a French father and a Swedish mother, and having resided in Spain for five years, Pauline is comfortable in speaking many languages. Pauline graduated from high school in 2015 where she studied natural science before participating in The International Youth Initiative Program in Järna, where she learned about social entrepreneurship. Pauline has since started a bachelor’s in sustainability and economics at Stockholm University.

Pauline, who has also worked as both a teacher and a youth recreation leader, plays the piano and has always had an interest in music.

Pauline has worked at Kulturhuset i Ytterjärna as a hostess and stage worker since Spring 2017, where she met Peter Friis Johansson and Jakob Koranyi, and she assisted during the inaugural Järna Festival Academy.

Liza Ferschtmann
Creative consultant

Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman is known for her passionate performances, interesting programs and communicative qualities on stage. In addition to being a regular soloist in her native the Netherlands, she performs with many of the world’s leading orchestras.

An avid chamber musician, Liza frequently collaborates with artists including Jonathan Biss, Nobuko Imai, Elisabeth Leonskaja and her duo partners Enrico Pace and Inon Barnatan. Liza studied with Herman Krebbers at the Amsterdam Conservatory, Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, and David Takeno in London. Amongst her honours is the esteemed Dutch Music Award.

Liza is the current artistic director of the acclaimed Delft Chamber Music Festival, a position she has held since 2007. Her most recent recording features solo works by Bach, Biber, Bartók and Berio on Challenge Classics.

Volunteers are an important part of the Järna Festival experience. We have a range of opportunities to suite different skill sets, interests and levels of availability.

Volunteers will enjoy a behind-the-scenes festival experience. You will get to know other music-loving volunteers and festival artists as you become a valued part of the Järna Festival Academy festival family!

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Drivers
  • Concert hosts and ushers
  • Artist hosts and helpers
  • Festival runners
  • Administrative Assistance
  • Development and Fundraising
  • Marketing and Promotion

To show our thanks, each Volunteer will receive:

  • Free access to all concerts
  • A Festival goodie bag
  • ​Generous discounts at the Ytterjärna Hotell and Järna Kafé during the Festival week

​To submit your interest to become a Volunteer or for more information, please send an email to contact@jarnafestivalacademy.com with the following information:

  • Your name and contact details
  • Areas of expertise and interest
  • Availability during the planning and Festival periods

Opportunities in certain areas may be limited, and we look forward to speaking with you to discuss how we may best work together.


Interested in becoming a sponsor or partner? Please contact us so that our Artistic Directors may discuss which opportunities will be right for you or your company or organisation. Benefits include highlighted placement in the festival’s print and digital materials and more.

For more information about giving opportunities, please write to us at


BRONZE – SEK 5.000,-
• One festival pass
• Personal letter from our artistic directors
• Mentioned online
• Invitations to private events

SILVER – SEK 25.000,-
• All benefits mentioned above
+ One additional festival pass
+ Invitation to dinner with the artists during the festival
+ Mentioned online and in the festival program book

GOLD – SEK 50.000,-
• All benefits mentioned above
+ Presented online and in the festival program book as sponsor of an artist chosen by you*

PLATINUM – SEK 100.000,-
• All benefits mentioned above
+ Presented online and in the festival program book as sponsor of a concert chosen by you*

DIAMOND – starting at SEK 250.000,-
• Presented as main partner, possibility to influence the festival programme.

Companies are advised to support Järna Festival Academy by advertising in the festival program book. All advertising arrangements are handled personally by our artistic directors.

* Among JFA’s artists and concerts.

At Järna Festival Academy, we aim to create a healthy environment for cultural exchange on the highest international level. We also want to be a part of the positive and progressive forces that work to make our society a better place for everyone. Therefore we have a couple guidelines that we follow:

Every decision taken regarding the JFA are considered with its environmental impact in mind. This means that we try to minimise the environmental footprint caused by our activities as much as possible and always climate compensate for the pollution that we have caused. We work with the world leading organisation Atmosfair to ensure that we do all we can in this regard.

Järna Festival Academy has a clear policy regarding gender equality and the gender balance of the festival artists will never exceed a 40/60 division during any one year. The same principals are in place for the JFA board and the Friends Association.

We are actively looking for opportunities and ways to collaborate with organisations working to help the less fortunate. We want JFA to benefit as many people as possible so please let us know if you have any ideas on how we can do better.


Kulturhuset i Ytterjärna
Pl 1800, 153 91 Järna, Sweden






+46 (0) 737 – 173 898


Jakob Koranyi – +46 (0) 735 – 860 378

Peter Friis Johansson – +46 (0) 701 – 48 77 72

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