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

New music on Soundcloud – Trio Alison Melville-Ben Grossman-Arja Kastinen

January 03, 2019


In November of 2018 I had the possibility to visit Toronto and make some new music with two amazing musicians, Alison Melville and Ben Grossman.  We improvised several sessions together before the actual concerts and now an edited compilation is online on Soundcloud.


Trio Alison Melville, Ben Grossman, Arja Kastinen – some photos

December 20, 2018


I had the wonderful opportunity to play two gigs with these great musicians, Alison Melville and Ben Grossman, in November in Canada. Here are some photos of the concerts titled From Far Away, Nearby. The first one happened in St. Catherins at the Rodman Hall Art Centre (Nov 24, 2018), and it was organized by […]



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

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