Originally from Hattula, Päivi Severeide (née. Viitanen) received her Master of Music from the Sibelius Academy in 2008, and completed her harp diploma the year before with the guidance of Reija Bister and Arielle Valibouse. She also studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg in the harp class of Sarah O’Brien. Päivi Severeide had her debut in 2009.
In 2005 Severeide performed as a young soloist at the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and has later performed with other Finnish orchestras as well. Severeide holds the position of principal harpist at the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra and gives lessons at the Sibelius Academy. Severeide has worked as principal harpist at the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra since 2014 – and she loves her work!