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

The Emanuel-CD is released

March 24, 2016


The fifth solo-album by Arja Kastinen is a journey into a complex world of room acoustics and resonance. The music was recorded at the Emanuel Vigeland mausoleum in Oslo, Norway, in the summer of 2015. Recording: Taito Hoffrén ( Tomba Emanuelle, The Emanuel Vigeland mausoleum is a barrel-vaulted room with no windows, completely covered with […]


Two Small Kantele Weekends in Summer 2016

January 10, 2016


In the same way as last summer, there will be two small kantele weekends also this summer at the organic farm of Kortisto in Ohkola, Mäntsälä. The first weekend, July 1-3, will be a 5-string kantele course meant for the beginners, and the second weekend, July 29-31, will be the intermediate course with kanteles from […]



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

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