Famous Finnish Musicians

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Jean Sibelius
(Finnish Composer Known for His 'Seven Symphonies' and His Tone Poem 'Tapiola')
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Birthdate: December 8, 1865
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hämeenlinna, Finland
Died: September 20, 1957

Jean Sibelius was a Finnish violinist and composer. Widely regarded as Finland's greatest composer, Sibelius' music is credited with having kindled nationalism in Finland during the country's struggle for independence from Russia. His work has inspired other important composers like Douglas Lilburn. The International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, which is held every five years, is named after him.

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Ville Valo
(Finnish Musician & Co-Founder of the Gothic Rock Band 'HIM')
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Birthdate: November 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Ville Valo is a Finnish musician and singer-songwriter. Valo is best known for his association with the gothic rock band HIM, where he performs as the lead vocalist. He is also credited with co-founding the band and has won many awards as part of the band. Ville Valo is also considered a sex symbol by many publications in Finland.

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Tarja Turunen
(Finnish Heavy Metal Singer-Songwriter & Co-Founder of the Symphonic Metal Band 'Nightwish')
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Birthdate: August 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kitee, Finland

Tarja Turunen is a Finnish singer-songwriter and an exponent of heavy metal. She is credited with co-founding the popular symphonic metal band Nightwish, where she peformed as the lead vocalist. The band's symphonic metal style, which was referred to as opera metal, inspired several other bands and performers.

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Saara Aalto
(Finnish Voice Actress, Singer, and Songwriter)
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Birthdate: May 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oulunsalo, Finland

Saara Aalto is a Finnish voice actress, singer, and songwriter. She achieved national prominence in 2012 when she finished second in the popular reality singing competition, The Voice of Finland. She gained international recognition in 2016 when she finished second in The X Factor UK. Saara Aalto represented her country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

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Alexi Laiho
(Lead Guitarist and Lead Vocalist of the Melodic Death Metal Band 'Children of Bodom')
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Birthdate: April 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Espoo, Finland
Died: December 29, 2020

Alexi Laiho was a Finnish guitarist, vocalist, and composer. He was the founding member of the melodic death metal band Children of Bodom where he performed as the lead vocalist and lead guitarist. He also played the guitar for other popular bands like Sinergy, Kylähullut, and The Local Band. A celebrated guitarist, Laiho is credited with reintroducing flamboyance and melody to metal music.

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Tuomas Holopainen
(Finnish Symphonic Metal Musician, Songwriter, and Founder of the Band 'Nightwish')
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Birthdate: December 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kitee, Finland
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Darude
(Finnish Record Producer and DJ Whose Music is Characterised By Its Uplifting Style)
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Birthdate: July 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Eura

Darude is a Finnish record producer and DJ whose music is characterized by its uplifting style. In 2019, he and Sebastian Rejman represented their country at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Look Away. Over the course of his career, Darude has won many prestigious awards, such as Finnish Grammy Awards and Golden Turntable DJ Award.

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Kaija Saariaho
(One of the Most Prominent Finnish Composers Known for Compositions like 'Petals' and 'Laterna Magica')
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Birthdate: October 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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Sara Maria Forsberg
(Finnish Singer-Songwriter Known for Her Debut Hit Single ‘Ur Cool’)
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Birthdate: May 2, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jakobstad, Finland

Sara Maria Forsberg is a Finnish singer, songwriter, and YouTube personality. She trained for a few years in a music academy in Jakobstad and began her career by posting videos on YouTube. In the mid-2010s, she signed to Capitol Records and released her debut single. She currently releases music as an independent artist. 

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Jukka Nevalainen
(Finnish Musician and Former Drummer of the Symphonic Metal Band 'Nightwish')
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Birthdate: April 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kitee, Finland
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Michael Monroe
(Finnish Multi-Instrumentalist, Rock Musician & Member of the Glam Punk Rock Band 'Hanoi Rocks')
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Birthdate: June 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Helsinki

Michael Monroe is a Finnish multi-instrumentalist and rock musician. He achieved popularity as a member of glam punk band Hanoi Rocks, where he performed as a vocalist. Along with the band, Michael Monroe is credited with influencing many rock'n'roll bands and artists, including Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Slash, and Guns N' Roses

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Raymond Ebanks
(Finnish Rapper & Frontman of Hip-Hop 'Bomfunk MC's')
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Birthdate: January 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

Raymond Ebanks is a British-born Finnish rapper. He is best known for his association with the popular hip-hop group Bomfunk MC's, where he performed as the frontman. When Bomfunk MC's disbanded in 2005, Raymond Ebanks started focusing on his solo career and continues to produce music.

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Emppu Vuorinen
(Finnish Guitarist & Co-Founder of Symphonic Metal Band 'Nightwish')
Emppu Vuorinen
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Birthdate: June 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kitee, Finland

Emppu Vuorinen is a Finnish guitarist best known for his association with the symphonic metal band Nightwish, which he co-founded alongside Tuomas Holopainen and Tarja Turunen in 1996. Emppu Vuorinen has also played in other popular bands like Brother Firetribe, Almah, and Altaria

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Esa-Pekka Salonen
(Finnish Composer and Principal Conductor of London's 'Philharmonia Orchestra')
Esa-Pekka Salonen
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Birthdate: June 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Esa-Pekka Salonen is a Finnish composer and conductor. He is best known for his service as the artistic advisor and principal conductor of London's Philharmonia Orchestra. He is also associated with the San Francisco Symphony, where he serves as the music director. Esa-Pekka Salonen is one of the most renowned conductors and composers of his genaration.

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Andy McCoy
(Lead Guitarist and Primary Songwriter of the Rock Band 'Hanoi Rocks')
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Birthdate: October 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pelkosenniemi, Finland
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Timo Tolkki
(Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist of the Metal Band 'Stratovarius' and Founder of Bands 'Revolution Renaissance' and 'Symfonia')
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Birthdate: March 3, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nurmijärvi
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Lauri Ylönen
(Co-Founder and Frontman of the Finnish Alternative Rock Band 'The Rasmus')
Lauri Ylönen
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Birthdate: April 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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Teemu Brunila
(Lead Vocalist, Songwriter of the Pop Group 'The Crash' and Hypothesized Member of the Virtual Band 'Studio Killers')
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Birthdate: November 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turku, Finland
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Samu Haber
(Finnish Musician, Lead Vocalist and Frontman of Pop-Rock Band 'Sunrise Avenue' )
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Birthdate: April 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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Einojuhani Rautavaara
(Legendary Finnish Composer, Who Is Remembered Mostly for his Operas)
Einojuhani Rautavaara
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Birthdate: October 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: July 27, 2016
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Mr Lordi
(Finnish Musician & Lead Vocalist of Hard Rock Band 'Lordi')
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Birthdate: February 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

Mr Lordi is a Finnish musician, special effect make-up artist, painter, songwriter, graphic designer, comic artist, and businessman. Mr Lordi is best known for founding the popular hard rock band Lordi where he performs as the lead vocalist. He has also contributed to the success of other bands like Rotten Sound and Domination Black.

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Marko Hietala
(Former Bassist, Vocalist of the Finnish Symphonic Metal Band 'Nightwish')
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Birthdate: January 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tervo, Finland
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Roope Latvala
(Former Rhythm Guitarist of Band 'Children of Bodom' and Founder of Popular Finnish Heavy Metal Band 'Stone')
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Birthdate: June 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helsinki
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Perttu Kivilaakso
(Classically Trained Cellist Best Known as the Member of the Finnish Symphonic Metal Band 'Apocalyptica')
Perttu Kivilaakso
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Birthdate: May 11, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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Eicca Toppinen
(Finnish Cellist, Songwriter and Founder of the Quartet 'Apocalyptica' )
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Birthdate: August 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vantaa, Finland
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Tony Kakko
(Lead Singer-Songwriter of the Band 'Sonata Arctica' and Member of the Symphonic Metal Group 'Northern Kings')
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Birthdate: May 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kemi, Finland
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Olivia Merilahti
(Finnish-French Singer and Founder of the Indie Rock Band 'The Dø')
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Birthdate: February 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Marko Saaresto
(Co-founder, Vocalist and Primary Songwriter of Finnish Alternative-Rock Band ‘Poets of the Fall’)
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Birthdate: December 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
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Leena Peisa
(Finnish Keyboard Player)
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Birthdate: March 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vantaa, Finland

Leena Peisa is a Finnish keyboard player who has played for famous bands like Lordi and Dolchamar. She is currently a part of Sampsa Astala & Qma, which was formed by Lordi's ex-drummer Kita. Leena Peisa is also renowned for playing an unearthly vampire countess named Awa, her on-stage persona while performing for Lordi.

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Elina Siirala
(Founder & Front Woman of 'Angel Nation')
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Birthdate: October 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Elina Siirala is a Finnish soprano best known as the front woman of the melodic metal band, Angel Nation. She is currently a part of the German symphonic metal band, Leaves' Eyes. Apart from releasing albums and singles, Elina Siirala also performs on stage. She is also known as the second cousin of musician and record producer, Tuomas Holopainen.

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Tomi Joutsen
(Finnish Musician and Member of the Bands: 'Amorphis', 'Corpse Molester Cult' and 'Hallatar')
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Birthdate: April 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lohja, Finland

Tomi Joutsen is a Finnish musician best known as the frontman of the popular heavy metal band Amorphis. He also performs in several other bands, including Hallatar and Corpse Molester Cult, where he is active as a vocalist and guitarist respectively.

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Leif Segerstam
(Finnish Conductor, Violinist, Composer, Pianist, and Violist)
Leif Segerstam
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Birthdate: March 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vaasa, Finland

Leif Segerstam is a Finnish conductor, violinist, composer, pianist, and violist. He is credited with writing more than 340 symphonies as of 2021. Segerstam is also known for his energentic on stage performances which, along with his vibrant personality, has contributed to his fame.  

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Jyrki 69
(Founder & Leader Vocalist of the Rock Band 'The 69 Eyes')
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Birthdate: October 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Jyrki 69 is a Finnish singer known for founding the popular rock band The 69 Eyes where he performs as the lead vocalist. His operatic bass-baritone and low vocal tone is reminiscent of singers like Peter Steele and Andrew Eldritch. Also a humanitarian, Jyrki 69 has worked in parts of West Africa and Kenya against social problems like child trafficking. 

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Paula Vesala
(Finnish Singer-Songwriter and Former Member of the Pop Rock Duo 'PMMP' alongside Mira Luoti)
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Birthdate: December 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kärsämäki, Finland
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Mige
(Musician & Founder of Finnish Gothic Rock Band, 'HIM')
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Birthdate: December 19, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Mige is a Finnish musician, bassist, and founding member of the popular Finnish gothic rock band, HIM. The band has achieved immense popularity and is already counted among the most successful Finnish bands of all time.

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Paavo Lötjönen
(Finnish Cello Player & Co-founder of the Band 'Apocalyptica')
Paavo Lötjönen
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Birthdate: July 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kuopio, Finland

Paavo Lötjönen is a Finnish cello player who plays for the symphonic metal band Apocalyptica, which he co-founded along with Eicca Toppinen, Antero Manninen, and Max Lilja. Apart from his work for the band, Paavo Lötjönen also works as a cello teacher and as a skiing instructor.

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Janne Wirman
(Member of the Heavy Metal Band 'Warmen' and Former Keyboardist of the Band 'Children of Bodom')
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Birthdate: April 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Espoo

Janne Wirman is a Finnish musician best known for his association with the band Children of Bodom where he performed as the keyboardist from 1997 to 2019. He is currently a part of Warmen, which he formed in the late 1990s.

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Ilari Sahamies
(Finnish Professional Poker Player)
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Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Helsinki

Ilari Sahamies is a Finnish poker player who specializes in pot-limit Omaha cash games. Renowned for his trashtalk at the table, Sahamies is currently focusing on making money online. Ilari Sahamies is also credited with co-founding the online poker hub, Coinflip.com.

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Juha-Pekka Leppaluoto
(Finnish Musician & Founder of Acoustic Rock Group 'Harmaja')
Juha-Pekka Leppaluoto
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Birthdate: November 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Raahe, Finland

Juha-Pekka Leppaluoto is a Finnish musician who performed as a vocalist and songwriter for the band Charon until 2011. He is also credited with founding the acoustic rock group Harmaja where he performs as a guitar player, vocalist, and songwriter.  

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Vesa-Matti Loiri
(Finnish Actor Best Known for His Role as 'Uuno Turhapuro', Whom He Portrayed in 20 Films)
Vesa-Matti Loiri
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Birthdate: January 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Vesa-Matti Loiri is a Finnish actor, comedian, and musician. He is best known for his portrayal of Uuno Turhapuro, a role which he played between 1973 and 2004 in 20 films. Over the course of his career, Vesa-Matti Loiri also recieved several prestigious awards including A Lifetime Achievement Award at the Black Nights Film Festival in 2010.

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Juice Leskinen
(One of the 20th Century's Most Important Finnish Singer-Songwriters)
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Birthdate: February 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Juankoski, Finland
Died: November 24, 2006

Juice Leskinen was a Finnish singer-songwriter who was voted 38th in the 100 Greatest Finns poll conducted during the summer of 2004. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most important Finnish singer-songwriters, Juice Leskinen is also remembered for his work as a poet and playwright.

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Pekka Pohjola
(Finnish Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist, and Producer)
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Birthdate: January 13, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: November 27, 2008

Pekka Pohjola was a Finnish composer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. Although a classically trained violinist and pianist, Pohjola is best known as a bass player. He achieved popularity as the bass player of the band Wigwam, before embarking on a solo career. 

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Tonmi Lillman
(Finnish Musician, Producer and Former Member of the Hard-Rock Band 'Lordi')
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Birthdate: June 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kouvola, Finland
Died: February 14, 2012
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Linda Brava
(One of the Most Versatile and Accomplished Classical Concert Violinists of Her Generation)
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Birthdate: February 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland

Linda Brava is a Finnish concert violinist. Regarded as one of the most accomplished and versatile players of her generation, Brava has explored various genres of music. Renowned for her good looks, Linda Brava has also tried her hand at acting, modeling, and politics.

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Osmo Vänskä
(Clarinetist, Composer, and Conductor)
Osmo Vänskä
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Birthdate: February 28, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sääminki, Finland

Osmo Vänskä is a Finnish clarinetist, composer, and conductor. He has worked for the Minnesota Orchestra and Iceland Symphony Orchestra, serving as the music director and chief conductor respectively. Osmo Vänskä was also associated with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, where he was the chief conductor.

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Jonne Valtonen
(Finnish Orchestrator, Arranger, and Composer)
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Birthdate: March 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Turku, Finland
Jonne Valtonen is a Finnish orchestrator, arranger, and composer. He is best known for his contributions in the field of tracker music and demoscene. Over the course of his career, Jonne Valtonen has also won several prestigious awards such as the IFCT Award.
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Matti Pellonpaa
(Finnish Actor and Musician, Who Mostly Appeared in the Films of the Kaurismaki Brothers.)
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Birthdate: March 28, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: July 13, 1995
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Kirka
(Legendary Finnish Musician Known for Redefining Rock Music in Finland)
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Birthdate: September 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: January 31, 2007
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Jari Sillanpää
(Second Best Selling Solo Artist in Finland Best Known for the Album ‘Jari Sillanpää’)
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Birthdate: August 16, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ludvika, Sweden
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Aino Sibelius
(Wife of Finnish Composer 'Jean Sibelius')
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Birthdate: August 10, 1871
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: June 8, 1969
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