Born in Helsinki on 8 June 1968, Petri Kaivanto is a Finnish composer, lyricist, singer and journalist. He has also participated in politics and has been a candidate of several parties in municipal elections, parliamentary elections and European Parliament elections.
Kaivanto came to national attention as a TV personality in Finland. Before this, he had already worked in local radio in Helsinki, Tampere and Turku, and in 1991 he was one of the first karaoke presenters in Finland. From 1999, he worked as a journalist mainly for Yleisradio’s radio channels. From 2006 to 2015, he was the editor-in-chief of the Pomus.net website of the Museum of Popular Music.
He started his music career in 1992, with the album ‘N, Love’, which features the song ‘Äidin Pikku Sankarit’, a Finnish version of Army Dreamers with lyrics by Kaivanto himself. For a long time, this was his only release, until he resumed his musical endeavours with a handful of singles in 2003 and 2004, and more albums – two of them in collaboration with Alejandro Polemann.
Kaivanto has composed three musicals: Meow! Cat Opera in Kattila (screenplay by Pasi Toivanen, premiere Cont’akti theater, Pori 2007), Leyla and Daniel (screenplay by Pasi Toivanen, premiere Lahti city theater 2005) and Pinocchio (dramatized by Pasi Toivanen based on Carlo Collodi’s novel, Pieksämäki Poleenin theater 1998).
- Petri Kaivanto. Wikipedia [Finnish], retrieved 18 November 2023