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Martti Pokela

A master from the five-stringed, harp-like kantele, Martti Pokela has continuously extended over the instrument’s capabilities. While he originally centered on the pelimanni custom of rural Finland, Pokela provides performed an ever-growing set of musical styles over the kantele. Pokela is constantly on the balance his profession being a musician with are a instructor. He was the initial kentele player to instruct on the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki; he started teaching in the school’s music education section in 1975. He shows in the school’s folk music section. His past learners consist of Timo Vaananen, Sinikka Kontio, Matti Kontio, Arja Kastinen, and Minna Raskinen.

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