Heimo Haitto

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Ruokolahti, Finland
By 1939, Heimo Haitto was, at 14, already well-known as a violinist throughout his native Finland and Europe. The Russo-Finnish war threw family life into disarray. Heimo's father decided to send his prodigy son to the States together with the boy's music teacher, Boris Sirpo who took him to safety in America and settled in Los Angeles. Heimo's 2 brothers and 1 sister remained in Finland.

Haitto furthered his violin studies with noted teacher Peter Meremblum, and he appeared in the movie "There's Magic in Music," his only American film appearance. Read more...


Character: Heimo Haitto

The Hard-Boiled Canary 1941