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List of notable or famous composers from Finland, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Finland and even some popular composers who immigrated to Finland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Finnish composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from Finland is included when available.

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This historic composers from Finland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Finnish composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from Finland?" These prominent composers of Finland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Finnish composers.

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Aarre Merikanto was a Finnish composer. He was the son of Liisa Häyrynen and the famous romantic composer, professor Oskar Merikanto. His childhood he spent in Vilppula, Finland. From year 1919, he was married to Meri Grönmark. He is considered a key figure in early Finnish modernism and several of his works, most notably the opera Juha, have obtained posthumous attention. As professor of composition in the Sibelius Academy Merikanto taught several Finnish composers of the next generation, including Einojuhani Rautavaara, Usko Meriläinen, Aulis Sallinen and Paavo Heininen. He studied music in Helsinki 1911, Leipzig 1912–1914 and Moscow 1916–1917. Merikanto's early style was rooted in Finnish ...more

Age: Died at 65 (1893-1958)

Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

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Anne Kulonen


Anne Kulonen is a composer. ...more


Anssi Tikanmäki is a musician, composer, songwriter, and actor. ...more

Age: 63

Birthplace: Finland, Haapajärvi

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Aulis Sallinen is a Finnish contemporary classical music composer. His music has been variously described as "remorselessly harsh", a "beautifully crafted amalgam of several 20th-century styles", and "neo-romantic". Sallinen studied at the Sibelius Academy, where his teachers included Joonas Kokkonen. He has had works commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, and has also written 6 operas, 8 symphonies, concertos for violin, cello, flute, horn and English horn as well as several chamber works. He won the Nordic Council Music Prize in 1978 for his opera Ratsumies. ...more

Age: 83

Birthplace: Salmi, Russia

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