Toivo was a native of Ostrobothnia, but ended up in Vyborg as the conductor of a local orchestra in 1916. He had studied the piano and composition. Despite his heated nature, Toivo’s conducting career was quite successful. It was interrupted by the Finnish Civil War, in the aftermath of which he was killed.
Toivo was passionate about the Finnish language and defending its position. In particular, Toivo Kuula is remembered for the national romantic choir and solo songs he composed.