PÄIVI SEVEREIDE plays Principal Harp with the Turku Philharmonic and with the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra. She studied with Reija Bister and Arielle Valibouse at the Sibelius Academy and with Sarah O’Brien at the Freiburg University of Music. Having made her début as a young soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2004, she has appeared with the Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera, the Oulu Sinfonia and Avanti! and performed chamber music at the Naantali, Hauho and Kemiönsaari festivals. She is artistic director of the Helsinki Harp Festival and has taught at the Sibelius Academy since 2009. Students in her class have done well in numerous international competitions and auditions.