TOIVE Folk Music Ensemble

The TOIVE Folk Music Ensemble (toive is a Finnish word for “hope”) is one of the most original brands of PetrSU. It was created in 1982 by two eminent persons of Karelia, the theater director, at that time the Deputy Minister of Culture, Toivo Haimi and Karelian poet and writer Jaakko Rugojev, who shared the ideas and dreams of the revival of national culture by young people. It was an ambitious project supported by the philologists of the Department of Finno-Ugric Philology of PetrSU, famous musicians of Petrozavodsk, folklore specialists and ethnic music experts, researchers of the traditional culture of Karelia of Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatory (back then the branch of Leningrad Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory).

The members of the ensemble are the students and the teachers of PetrSU, the students of the other educational institutions of the city, as well as senior grade pupils.

We welcome everyone who wants to sing and dance folk dances, or, perhaps, play instrumental music!

Tour geography: Russia, the USA, Iraq, Poland, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway.

The Toive repertoire includes the music, the songs and the dances of

  • Zaonezhje;
  • The Karelians;
  • The Saami;
  • The Ingrian Finns;
  • The Ingrians;
  • The Mari;
  • The Udmurts;
  • Denmark;
  • Norway;
  • Sweden;
  • The Jews.


468 thousand hectares is the area of Vodlozerskii National Park, where the Toive musicians hold their musical sessions every summer.

9 000 rubles is the amount of the enhanced stipend that the members of the ensemble receive for the cultural and creative activities.

For 33 years has the Professor Genrikh Turovskii, the holder of the Order of the Badge of Honor, the Honored Cultural Worker of the Russian Federation, has been the permanent artistic director of the ensemble.


  • The Toive is the organizer of the first Festival of Finno-Ugric Culture in Petrozavodsk (2015).
  • The prizewinner of the 6th All-Russian Easter Children’s and Youth Choirs Festival in Saint-Petersburg (2014).
  • The prize-winner of the Europeada-2011 International Festival in Tartu, Estonia (2011).
  • The prize-winner of the 2nd Baltia-7 Interuniversity Sea Festival in Saint-Petersburg (2007).
  • The prize-winner of the 1st International Festival-Contest of Multi-Stringed Folk Instruments in Pskov (2001).
  • The prize-winner of the International Festival of Northern Countries Folklore in Gdansk, Poland (1998).
  • The prize-winner of the 7th Babylon Nights International Folklore Festival in Bagdad, Iraq (1995).
  • The prize-winner of the First Night Festival in Burlington, Vermont, the USA (1993).
  • The prize-winner of the Folk Music Festival in Imatra, Finland (1991).
Last updated: 06.03.2019