Hall of Fame

The heart of Music Museum Fame is the Finnish Music Hall of Fame, which grows annually by a number of notable musicians and songwriters. The Finnish Music Hall of Fame is internationally unique: everyone from top musicians to conductors to rappers, from bands to folk musicians, from symphonists to hit musicians is included. The members are elected by an extensive committee representing the most important music organizations in Finland.

1876–1944 AINO ACKTÉ

International Opera Star, promoter of Finnish opera, initiator of Savonlinna Opera Festival

Picture: Photo Albin / Historian kuvakokoelma / Museovirasto

1865–1957 JEAN SIBELIUS

The most widely recognized Finnish classical music composer, national composer, national novelist

Picture: Ivar Rafael Helander / Historian kuvakokoelma / Museovirasto

1902–1981 GEORG MALMSTÉN

King of the hit songs during the time of wars, educated singer, compositions from popular songs to children’s songs

Picture: Heimo Harju / Musiikkiarkisto

1925–1955, 1960– DALLAPÉ

Long term dance orchestra, the voice of accordion jazz, versatile entertainer

Picture: Aarne Pietinen Oy / Helsingin kaupunginmuseo

1915–1992 TOIVO KÄRKI

Leading figure and influencer of post-war popular music, prolific folk musician, jazzman

Picture: UA Saarinen / UA Saarisen kokoelma / JOKA / Museovirasto

1913–1965 REINO HELISMAA

Master lyricist, Toivo Kärje’s Partner, texts from comic songs to movie scripts

Picture: UA Saarinen / UA Saarisen kokoelma / JOKA / Museovirasto

1915–1972 OLAVI VIRTA

The great man of popular music, the king of the Finnish tango, a skilled interpreter and phraser

Picture: Alvar Kolanen / Musiikkiarkisto

1910–1984 KONSTA JYLHÄ

Master of folk music, a delicate violinist and composer, a promoter of Finnish folk music

Picture: Leif Weckström / Pressfoto Zeeland / JOKA / Museovirasto

1945– KATRI HELENA

Successful long-line hit singer, performances from dance floors to entertainment concerts, bringer of hope and joy

Picture: Warner Music Finland

1950–2006 JUICE LESKINEN

A promoter of Finnish rock music, a master of lyrics

Picture: Tuulikki Holopainen / Työväen Arkisto

1996– NIGHTWISH

The most internationally successful metal band in Finland, a pioneer in symphonic metal combining the elements of classical music with the elements of heavy rock, a universal storyteller

Picture: Ville Juurikkala

1952– KAIJA SAARIAHO

One of the most internationally distinguished Finnish composer, a distinctive style based on the sophisticated use of timbre, known for her operas and orchestral works

Picture: Maarit Kytöharju

1958– ESA-PEKKA SALONEN

Created a long and phenomenal internationally successful career as a conductor, a significant and diverse composer, initiator for music politics and conversationalist

Picture: Benjamin Suomela

1971–1984, 1988 HURRIGANES

A pioneer of Finnish rock’n’roll, a messenger of strong basic rock, a role model for new generations, a stage performance and style expert

Picture: Risto Vuorimies