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

Six hours of exploratory improvisation

January 16, 2017


Monday, February 2, 2017; Helsinki Music Centre, Black Box, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free entry. Sanna Kurki-Suonio (vocals) and Arja Kastinen (kanteles) are exploring the impact of the ancient music culture’s long-lasting imrovisation to the musicians and the listeners The ancient music cultures around the world are in many cases connected by narrow […]


Online shopping Christmas offers

December 07, 2016


In our online store Holvi you can find the following Christmas offers: By using the discount code “joulu2016” you will get -20% from individual products You can choose 2 books at the price of 39,90 € You can choose 4 CDs at the price of 30,00 €



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

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