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Topi Lehtipuu

Artistic Director and Opera Singer

Jury: Science in the Arts

CEO and Artistic Director of the multidisciplinary Helsinki Festival in 2015-18, where he commissioned and programmed world’s leading artists from Lang Lang and David Hockney to Cate Blanchett and John Malkovich, and from companies of most of the art disciplines and for various media, often with multidisciplinary ethos. He has initiated e.g. the “Science meets Arts” event Aboagora in Turku and the Finnish performing arts showcase Performing HEL, both having become a major Finnish event in their fields. As a classical tenor, he has performed on the major stages and festivals with e.g. Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, Sir Simon Rattle and Riccardo Muti in productions of such as Trisha Brown, William Kentridge and  Peter Sellars. He features in numerous audio and video recordings, having been nominated twice for a Grammy.

The Falling Walls Breakthroughs of the Year will highlight breakthrough thinking from around the world in 10 categories, ranging from Life Sciences to Science Engagement. Counting more than 100 jurors, each breakthrough will be determined by a distinguished world-class Jury under the leadership of renowned experts in their respective fields.

We are delighted that Helga Nowotny, fmr. President of the European Research Council, will serve as the Chair of the Juries, presiding over the selection process at large.

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