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Famous Conductors from Finland

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

Everything from Toivo Kuula to Olli Mustonen is included on this list.

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

Use this list of renowned Finnish conductors to discover some new conductors that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
  • Erkki Korhonen (born 1956 in Hämeenlinna) is a Finnish pianist, conductor and former director of the Finnish National Opera....  more
    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Finland
  • Esa-Pekka Salonen (pronunciation : [ˈesɑˌpekːɑ ˈsɑlonen]; born 30 June 1958) is a Finnish orchestral conductor and composer. He is principal conductor and artistic advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, conductor laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and music director-designate of the San Francisco Symphony....  more
    • Age: 63
    • Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
  • Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Public domain
    Georg Malmstén (27 June 1902 – 25 May 1981) was a Finnish singer, musician, composer, orchestra conductor and actor. He was one of the most prolific entertainers in Finland of his time, producing over 800 records in numerous genres. In late 1930s, owning a record company, he made about half of his releases under the pseudonym Matti Reima. He was the oldest of three children of a Swedish-speaking family, with Russian ancestry through his mother, Eugenie Petroff, and brother of singer and bandleader Eugen Malmstén....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 78 (1902-1981)
    • Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
  • Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Public domain

    Georg Schnéevoigt

    Georg Lennart Schnéevoigt (8 November 1872 – 28 November 1947) was a Finnish conductor and cellist, born in Vyborg, Grand Duchy of Finland, which is now in Russia. Schnéevoigt began his career as a cellist performing throughout Europe in the 1890s. He was principal cellist of the Helsinki Philharmonic from 1896 to 1902. After this, he conducted many orchestras including the Kaim Orchestra (now the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra), Riga Philharmonic Orchestra which he founded, Oslo Philharmonic (1919–1921), the Stockholm Concert Society (later the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra), the Sydney Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. From 1930 until his death in 1947, Schnéevoigt...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 75 (1872-1947)
    • Birthplace: Vyborg, Russia