Classical instruments: Kantele
The Sibelius Academy’s kantele studies welcomes you to preserve and reform the practices of our national instrument, along with its repertoire and role in the field of music – without forgetting the roots that run deep in tradition.
In a nutshell
- Next time to apply: January 2019
- Studies begin: at the start of the academic year in August
- Persons responsible for the degree programme: Responsible teacher Ritva Koistinen-Armfelt
- Other persons responsible: Department Head of Piano, Guitar, Accordeon and Kantele Niklas Pokki
Objective of the studies and career opportunities
The objective of the classical kantele major is to develop the student’s diverse instrument skills and personal artistic vision. Major studies in classical kantele have been available at the Sibelius Academy since 1987. Over the years, the department has taken charge of the national duty of preserving and reforming kantele music. After graduating as a professional kantele player specialising in classical music, you can work as a soloist, chamber musician or kantele teacher, or alternatively in other jobs that require expertise in music and the arts in the field of contemporary music, for example.
How to apply
Links to the admissions guides and more information about applying can be found on the admissions page. The next application period to the University of the Arts Helsinki is in January 2019.
Contents and structure of the education
As a student of classical kantele, you will learn more about your main instrument and the related repertoire, structure, history and playing techniques. You will also have studies in ensemble playing and chamber music, pedagogy and free accompaniment. One of the newest areas of instruction is the electric kantele and innovation in the new forms of expression that it provides. You will also regularly have the opportunity to work with contemporary kantele composers.
Teachers and contact information
Satu Sopanen, kantele pedagogy