Ulla Katajavuori

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Ulla Katajavuori in the 1930s.

Ulla Kyllikki Katajavuori-Koskimies (16 June 1909, Rauma — 5 October 2001 Helsinki) was a Finnish musician who played the traditional Finnish kantele, performing from the 1930s to the 1990s.[1] One of her recordings is the Karelian folk song Konevitsan kirkonkellot.

Katajavuori played the modern, multi-stringed version of the kantele,[2] and was considered a virtuoso and maintainer of the tradition, especially during the 1960s when the instrument was of low popularity, and 5-string player Martti Pokela was one of the few other recognised musicians playing the instrument.[3]


  • Ulla Katajavuori: Grand Lady of Kantele. IMU-CD 101


  • Helistö, Paavo: Ulla Katajavuori — kanteletar. Radio programme. Yle Radio 1, 2000.
  • Helistö, Paavo: Ulla Katajavuori, kanteleen runoilija. Friiti 2/2000.
  • Koskimies, Satu: Kanteleen Grand Lady. Kantele 4/2000.


  1. ^ Derek Fewster (2006). Visions of past glory: nationalism and the construction of early Finnish history. Finnish Literature Society. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  2. ^ American-Scandinavian Foundation (1975). Scandinavian review. American Scandinavian Foundation. Retrieved 17 April 2012.
  3. ^ Esittävän säveltaiteen edistämiskeskus (Finland); Luovan säveltaiteen edistämissäätiö (Finland); Sibelius-Akatemia (Helsinki, Finland) (2008). Finnish music quarterly. Performing Music Promotion Centre (ESEK). Retrieved 17 April 2012.

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