Arja Kastinen


Arja Kastinen was the first Finnish folk musician to take the Doctor of Music examination at the Sibelius Academy.

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The Polymorphic Kantele


One of the most important factors affecting the quality of this music is the instrument itself.

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Karelian Kantele Tradition


Our research project began in 2011 and the results are now published as a book.

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News & the blog

IV International Kantele Competition, April 5-7, 2017

May 01, 2017


The IV international kantele competition will held in Kaustinen April 5-7, 2017. It is organised by the  Kantele Association and  Kantele Teachers’ Association in co-operation with Kaustinen commune, Kaustinen Folk Arts Centre and Folk Music Institute. The competition categories are: Children’s event Youth/art Youth/folk/other Professional/art Professional/folk/other Open/other/ensambles Open/folk/ensambles Open/art The head of the jury is Arja […]


The 8th Baltic Psaltery Symposium

March 07, 2017


The 8th Baltic Psaltery Symposium will be held as a part of the international festival Kanklės Mano Rankose / “Kanklės in My Hands“ in Kaunas, Lithuania, March 8-10, 2017. The symposium and the concerts will happen at the concert hall, L. Zamenhofo str. 4, Kaunas. The program of the symposium on the 9th of March: 10.00−13.00 […]



Improvisation, historical kantele playing techniques, private lessons, special courses for early education teachers. Take a look at our  presentations.

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