About the Kantele

The Kantele is a traditional Finnish stringed instrument that has been an integral part of the country's folk tradition for centuries. Its origins can be traced back to ancient times when it was used for entertainment and music-making during communal gatherings. Over time, the Kantele has evolved into a symbol of Finnish culture, with a unique sound that is instantly recognizable. Today, the Kantele continues to be an important part of Finnish folk music, and musicians around the world are discovering its beautiful and haunting melodies.


Explore the captivating sounds of the Kantele in this course trailer, showcasing the instrument's rich heritage.

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