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.


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