The Iisalmi Kalevala Choir

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The Iisalmi Kalevala Choir, founded in 1943, is a both traditional and youthful Finnish female choir. Its wide-ranging repertoire includes national romantic, Karelian, modern, sacred as well as popular music. The choir has been successful in international chorus reviews both domestically and abroad. Members of the choir perform and compete in smaller ensembles as well. Over the years, the choir has performed in China, Dvina Karelia in Russia, Germany, Italy and the USA. It has also released three albums. The Iisalmi Kalevala Choir was chosen Female Choir of the Year 2008 by the Finnish Female Choir Association

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Leila Heikkonen, the choirs artistic director, graduated as a piano teacher from the Tampere Conservatoire in 1983. She taught the piano at the Pohjois-Pirkanmaa Music Institute from 1980 till 1990 and conducted the Virrat Female Choir between 1988 and 1990. She has conducted the Iisalmi Kalevala Choir and been employed at the Ylä-Savo Music Institute since 1990. Leila Heikkonen was also artistic director of the Finnish Female Choir Association from 2003 to 2005. Leila Heikkonen was awarded the Golden Mark of Honor of the Finnish Female Choir Association in Spring 2013.


Contact information

Artistic Director
Leila Heikkonen
Mobile +358 40 537 3160

Susanna Kartimo-Kröger
Mobile +358 40 537 8139