Famous Composers from Finland

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 (29 June 1893, Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland – 28 September 1958, Helsinki, Republic of Finland) 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 (together with Väinö Raitio and Ernest Pingoud) and several of his works, most notably the opera Juha, have obtained posthumous attention. As professor of composition in the Sibelius Academy (1951–1958) Merikanto taught several Finnish composers of the next generation, including Einojuhani Rautavaara, Usko ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 65 (1893-1958)
    • Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
  • Anne Kulonen

    Anne Kulonen is a composer.
  • Anssi Tikanmäki is a musician, composer, songwriter, and actor.
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Finland, Haapajärvi
  • Aulis Sallinen (born 9 April 1935) 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 seven operas, eight 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 (The Horseman).
    • Age: 87
    • Birthplace: Salmi, Russia
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara
    Photo: user uploaded image
    Einojuhani Rautavaara (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈei̯nojuɦɑni ˈrɑu̯tɑʋɑːrɑ] (listen); 9 October 1928 – 27 July 2016) was a Finnish composer of classical music. He is among the most notable Finnish composers since Jean Sibelius (1865–1957).Rautavaara wrote a great number of works spanning various styles. These include eight symphonies, nine operas and twelve concertos, as well as numerous vocal and chamber works. Having written early works using 12-tone serial techniques, his later music may be described as neo-romantic and mystical. His major works include Cantus Arcticus and Symphony No. 7 "Angel of Light".
    • Age: 94
    • Birthplace: Finland, Helsinki
  • Erkki Melartin (7 February 1875 in Käkisalmi – 14 February 1937 in Pukinmäki) was a Finnish composer. He was a pupil of Martin Wegelius from 1892 to 1899 in Helsinki and of Robert Fuchs from 1899 to 1901 in Vienna.
    • Age: Dec. at 62 (1875-1937)
    • Birthplace: Priozersk, Russia