Helvi Leiviskä

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Helvi Leiviskä at work.

Helvi Lemmikki Leiviskä (25 May 1902 — 12 August 1982) was a Finnish composer, writer, music educator and librarian at the Sibelius Academy.


Helvi Leiviskä was born in Helsinki, Finland, and in 1927 graduated in composition from the Helsinki Music Institute (Sibelius Academy) where she studied with Erkki Melartin. She continued her studies in Vienna, and then returned to Finland where she studied with Leevi Madetoja. She began work as a composer with a debut in 1935 and also worked as a music teacher. In 1933 she took a position as librarian at the Sibelius Academy.

After World War II, Leiviskä furthered her studies with Leo Funtek and began to write reviews for periodicals including Ilta Sanomat. She died in Helsinki.[1][2]

WP references: Music Finland: https://core.musicfinland.fi/composers/helvi-leiviska

Selected works[edit]

  • Piano Concerto, 1935
  • Triple Fugue for Orchestra, 1938
  • Symphony No. 1, 1947
  • Symphony No. 2, 1954
  • Symphony No. 3, 1971
  • Sinfonia Brevis, 1962
  • Folk Dance Suite (Kansantanssisarja), 1934
  • Hobgoblin of Darkness (Pimeän peikko), 1942
  • The Lost Continent (Mennyt manner) for choir and orchestra, 1957
  • Juha (film music), 1937
  • Violin Sonata, 1945
  • Piano Quartet, 1926


  • Helvi Leiviskä: Violin Sonata - Piano Quartet - Symphony No. 3. Finlandia Classics FINCLA-1 (2012).


  1. ^ Hillila, Ruth-Esther; Hong, Barbara Blanchard (1997). Historical dictionary of the music and musicians of Finland.
  2. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 4 October 2010.