Heliä Mailiis Viirakivi is a versatile Finnish artist whose work spans across contemporary classical music, experimental contemporary music, contemporary improvisation and multidisciplinary concepts. Trained in classical music, contemporary music, and contemporary improvisation at the Helsinki Conservatory and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, she has developed a unique artistic voice that integrates extended techniques, folk, gospel, and jazz influences, all rooted in classical singing technique.

Her career features numerous premieres and collaborations with emerging artists in contemporary and improvised music, as well as visual arts. Highlights include her soloist role with the Tallinn International Youth Orchestra at the Iberofest Tallinn in 2022, and performances at the Time of Music festival in Finland, Müriaad festival in Estonia, and Kunstfabrik-Schlot in Berlin. In 2023, she worked with Robert Fleitz in Latvia, premiered new pieces at the COMPOSTER festival in Estonia, and performed at the Mixtur festival in Barcelona.

In 2024, Viirakivi's activities include a tour with the improvising duo MURUAGAMAILIIS, an artist residency at the Schoenberg society in Pärnu, premiering Eladio Aguilar's new Requiem in the Canarian Islands, and creating an art installation in Helsinki in collaboration with Finnish painter Ulla Aurio. She continues to collaborate with notable artists such as Gon Muruaga, Kristjan Kannukene and Lauri Hyvärinen, and participates in various ensembles including the L'Armonia voice quartet, Ääni-ilmiö improvisers collective, NARAT trio, and KRIHEVA improv trio.

In addition to her artistic endeavors, Viirakivi is an active cultural worker, serving as a producer and curator for projects with Kamarikuoro Gloria, Asbestos ry, Hjorted Art and Music festival and product manager at the F-Music stores. In 2024, she produced and curated the Music For Three Spaces concert series in Helsinki and co-produces the Hjorted Art and Music Festival in Sweden.

**Picture 1** by Sami Lintunen

**Picture 2** by Leif Laaksonen