Composer Pehr Henrik Nordgren’s (1944-2008) vision of a series of concerts in a small village in Central Ostrobothnia in the darkest mid-winter has carried on from the late 1970s to the present day.

The programme of the concerts ranges from early Baroque to contemporary music and folk music to children’s concerts. Over the years, many composers of our time have visited the Chamber Music Week, and the number of premieres has been remarkable: over 70 compositions have been premiered at Kaustinen.

From the beginning, cooperation with Kaustinen College of Music and local musicians has been an invaluable part of the Chamber Music Week. The week is also a significant event in a national scale. The Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE regularly records concerts during the week, and the top names in chamber music have always enjoyed performing at the Kaustinen Chamber Music Week

Thanks largely to Nordgren’s perseverance, Chamber Music Week also received a well-deserved setting, the Folk Art Centre’s 320-seat Kaustinen Hall, which is perfect for classical music concerts. Another central venue is the Kaustinen Church, completed in 1777, and the Central Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, with its excellent acoustics, is pleased to be featured here. Visual arts and related exhibitions have been part of the weekly program from the very beginning. The Kallio Hall in the Folk Arts Centre provides a great setting for the interaction between music and visual arts.

After the evening concerts, Restaurant Pelimanni provides a casual and comfortable setting for jam sessions toward the end of the week. Here you can see artist guests joining in to a jam session, or just enjoying the folk music and cosy atmosphere.

The Chamber Music Week is organized by the Kaustinen Chamber Music Association.


Buy your tickets in advance via Lipputoimisto ticket service:
Tel: +358 600 10300 (1.98 / min + lnc / mpc)
Concert tickets are also sold at venues before the concerts.
Week ticket for all concerts 125 €


Please, download the brochure from here ->> (only in Finnish)

FRIDAY 24th January

Opening Event of the Chamber Music Week and the Art Exhibition
6pm Kallio Hall, Folk Arts Centre
Picture variations exhibition by composer Paavo Heininen.
Free entry.

Kaustinen College of Music Presents
7pm Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre
Musical gems by students of the Kaustinen College of Music. Programme compiled by Markus Luomala
Tickets 15€/10€

SATURDAY 25th January

Songs of Dusk
5pm Taide Vionoja Gallery, village of Ullava
Aho, Bach, Hersant, Hindemith, Jalkanen, Prokofjev, Sallinen, Tournier
Onni Koivisto, violin
Maaria Pulakka, harp
Young artists of the Chamber Music Week perform in the Vionoja Foundation 30th anniversary graphics exhibition opening concert.
Tickets: 15€

SUNDAY 26th January

Festive Mass
10am Kaustinen Church
Liturgical music: Olli Kortekangas
Liturgist: Hannu Vapaavuori
Cantor: Merja Wirkkala-Vapaavuori
Organist: Matti Pohjoisaho
Vocal music and instrument ensemble

Unique String Concertos
3pm Kaustinen Church
Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer

Barocco Boreale
Kreeta-Maria Kentala, Maria Pulakka, Siiri Virkkala, Merja Pyrhönen, violin
Jouko Mansnerus, viola
Lea Pekkala, cello
Julius Pyrhönen, double bass
Tea Polso, harpsichord
Eero Palviainen, lute and guitar
The highly renowned early music ensemble Barocco Boreale works their magic through string concertos by the Dutch composer Wassenaer.
Tickets 26/21€

TUESDAY 28th January

“Let the Violins Play!”
Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre
School Concerts

Songs of Dusk
7pm Folk Musician’s House
Aho, Bach, Hersant, Hindemith, Jalkanen, Prokofjev, Sallinen, Tournier
Onni Koivisto, violin
Maaria Pulakka, harp
Young artists of the Chamber Music Week perform. Hosted by Kaija Saarikettu.
Tickets: 18/13€

WEDNESDAY 29th January

Signs, Games and Messages – Eastern European Violin Music
7pm Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre
Kurtag, Enescu, Janáček
Eeva Oksala, violin
Kirill Kozlovski, piano
Sami Varvio, accordion
The talented violinist Eeva Oksala and her friends perform folk music influenced by Eastern European violin music. In addition to Enescu and Kurtag’s solo violin compositions as well as Janáček’s and Enescu’s sonatas, the concert features Romanian folk music for violin and accordion.
Tickets 24/19€

THURSDAY 30th January

7pm Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre
Nordgren, Melartin, Martin, Ravel
Kreeta-Julia Heikkilä, violin
Jaani Helander, cello
Jaan Ots, piano
Trio Teos is an energetic and charismatic Finnish-Estonian ensemble.
In addition to the wonderful Ravel trio, the ensemble plays a piece by Frank Martin based on Irish folk songs, and PH Nordgren’s piano trio from 1980.
Tickets 24/19€

FRIDAY 31st January

Action, Passion, Illusion
7pm Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre
Sibelius, Nørgård, Tüür, Rautavaara, Heininen
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Kaija Saarikettu, conductor and violin, Reijo Tunkkari, violin
The concert programme of the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra includes Sibelius’s early works Lento and Presto and Paavo Heininen’s Michaelmas Concerto da Camera, featuring soloists Kaija Saarikettu and Reijo Tunkkari.
Tickets: 26/21 €

SATURDAY 1st February

Children Play for Children
2pm Folk Musician’s House
A family-friendly concert featuring children’s performances in the cosy environment of the Folk Musician’s House. After the concert you can bake bonfire bread on an open fire! The programme is compiled by Siiri Virkkala and Veera Luomala.
Free entry.

Chamber Music Marathon
6pm Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre
The concert features classics and rarities of chamber music, for instance a first premiere of Jyrki Linjama’s solo violin piece as well as Aaro Kentala’s vocal music to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. The concert is compiled by Kreeta-Maria Kentala, Kaarina Nisonen, Maria Pulakka and Kaija Saarikettu.
Tickets: 24/19 €