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Finnish Female Choir TAIKA
-The most magical choir of the Netherlands-
TAIKA (meaning ‘magic’ in Finnish) is a The Hague-based all-Finnish female choir. It was founded in 2012 by its conductor Master of Music Karla-Maria Toiviainen. In just seven years the choir has grown from a small hobby choir of merely eight singers to a serious choir of more than twenty singers, and the choir has achieved a valuable role in the Finnish community in The Netherlands.
TAIKA’s mission is to promote, often together with partners, Finnish culture and female choral music in The Netherlands. Another important part of TAIKA’s mission is to provide a peer community for Finnish female singers.
The choir has a wide repertoire, ranging from folk to pop, with an emphasis on Finnish female choral music. However, the choir enthusiastically performs songs from all around the world.
The choir performs in a wide range of events hosted by businesses and organisations. In the spring of 2015 the choir was performing for the first time abroad – in Finland.In the summer of 2017, TAIKA traveled to Verona to a choir festival, and in the fall of 2018, TAIKA visited another festival in London. In April 2018, TAIKA participated for the first time in a choir competition, and was commended for its good discipline and excellent presentation.
Finse Vrouwenkoor TAIKA
-Het meest magische koor van Nederland-
TAIKA (‘magie’ in het Fins) is een Finse koor gevestigd in Den Haag. TAIKA was opgericht in 2012 door zijn dirigent, Master of Music Karla-Maria Toiviainen. Het koor begon als een kleine hobby-koor met acht leden, maar is nu een serieuze koor met meer dan 20 zangeressen. TAIKA heeft een importante rol binnen het Finse gemeenschap in Nederland.
Suomalainen naiskuoro TAIKA
-Hollannin maagisin kuoro-
Finnish musician, choir conductor and soprano Karla-Maria Toiviainen graduated from the Sibelius Academy (Music University, Helsinki) with a Master of Music in 2004.
Karla-Maria was born in Helsinki to a family of musicians, and first performed as a singer when she was two years old. That time she also found her love to choirs and choir music.
Aged four she started studying the piano and aged seven also the violin. Aged sixteen she started studying classical singing.
Karla-Maria studied choir and orchestral conducting as a part of her Master degree and graduated with excellent marks. Her teachers were Professor Timo Nuoranne, Professor Matti Hyökki and Hannu Norjanen.
While still studying at Sibelius Academy Karla-Maria started to conduct a female choir, a mixed voice choir and a children’s choir at the Malmi parish, in Helsinki.
After graduation she has worked with several choirs as a conductor and voice coach. Karla-Maria founded her company KARLANDO and TAIKA (then Finnish Female Choir) in autumn 2012. In autumn 2013 she founded the Children’s Choir of The European School of The Hague and conducted it until summer 2016. KARLANDO operates in the South Holland area, and provides music education and music management services.
Karla-Maria has given concerts as a singer with several pianists and small orchestras in Finland and in The Netherlands, and has also performed on Finnish television and radio. Karla-Maria was a member of Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir (1st soprano) in 2008-2010.