Maria Kalaniemi

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Maria Kalaniemi performing in Warszawa during Cross Culture Festival 2011

Maria Kalaniemi (born May 27, 1964 in Espoo, Finland)[1] is a Finnish accordionist.[2] She was classically trained, gaining her MMus from the Sibelius Academy in 1992,[1] but has become mostly known as a folk musician having played this music from childhood, besides her classical music studies, and also at the folk music department of the Sibelius Academy.

Groups[edit]

Ensembles she is or has been involved with are:

She has also worked and recorded with the Swedish fiddler Sven Ahlbäck,[3] the popular Finnish singer Katri Helena, the singer/actor/flautist Vesa-Matti Loiri, the Finnish accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen and many others. In 2004, she was the special guest at a concert in London with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Finnish fiddler group JPP playing duets with Timo Alakotila plus a piece by Alakotila for accordion, orchestra and JPP written for this occasion.

Discography[edit]

Also appears on[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • 1997: 3 Years Composer Grant[1]
  • 1996: Prize of Finland[1]
  • 1983: Golden Accordion Competition[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Andy Gregory (2002). The International Who's Who in Popular Music 2002. Psychology Press. p. 268. ISBN 978-1-85743-161-2. 
  2. ^ a b Paul Verna (25 January 1997). Reviews & Previews. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 59. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  3. ^ a b Tina K. Ramnarine (August 2003). Ilmatar's Inspirations: Nationalism, Globalization, and the Changing Soundscapes of Finnish Folk Music. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-70402-9. 
  4. ^ Nordic Sounds. NOMUS. 2001. 
  5. ^ The Accordion in All Its Guises. Harwood Academic Publishers. 2001. 

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