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.


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.


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


  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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