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.



The concerts of the week are streamed,

without the audience.


FRIDAY 22nd January

Kaustinen College of Music Presents
7 pm Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre
A traditional concert by the Kaustinen College of Music students full of youthful enthusiasm and skill!
The program is compiled by Markus Luomala.

SUNDAY 24th January

Celebration Mass
10 am Kaustinen Church
Hannu Vapaavuori as liturgist, Merja Wirkkala as cantor and organist.
Chamber music week musicians included.

THURSDAY 28th January

7 pm Kaustinen Hall
Juho Pohjonen, piano; Lauri Sallinen, clarinet; Kaija Saarikettu, violin
The concert is based on the work Contrasts by the Hungarian Béla Bartók. Juha T. Koskinen’s Heart of Light, which is commissioned by Kaustinen Chamber Music Week, will be premiered. The theme of the week Encounters is completed when we hear the artistic director of the Chamber Music Week also as a composer.
Kaija Saarikettu, Aleksandr Skrjabin, Juha T. Koskinen, Béla Bartók

Kaija Saarikettu: Terra for clarinet, violin and piano
Alexander Scriabin: Sonata for Piano No. 6 Opus 62
Juha T. Koskinen: Dream Transmission for clarinet, part 2 “Equality”Heart of Light for clarinet, violin and piano (premiere)
Béla Bartók: Contrasts for clarinet, violin and piano

Streaming and live broadcast on Yle Radio 1

FRIDAY 29th January

7 pm Kaustinen Hall
Central Ostrobothnia Chamber Orchestra, conductor Tomas Djupsjöbacka
soloists Annemarie Åström, violin and Jukka-Pekka Peltoniemi, trumpet
The concert takes us on a journey from the Kalevala lands of song to the Andean highlands.

Jean Sibelius: Rakastava (Loving), series for string orchestra opus 14
Juha T.Koskinen: Omaggio a Smilla per Violino, tromba e archi
Konsta Jylhä: Kruunu-Marjaanan Polska
Minna Järvelä: Tiskivalssi
Käki-Jaakon polkka (Trad.) – Tuikkauspolkka (Trad.) – Konsta Jylhä: Nikkarin polkka
Gabriela Lena Frank: Leyendas; An Andean Walkabout

Streaming and live broadcast on Yle Radio 1


Songs of Silence
8.30 pm Kaustinen Hall
Kimmo Hakola, piano; Kaija Saarikettu, violin; Lauri Sallinen, clarinet; Janne Virkkala, cello
Kimmo Hakola’s fresh composition will have its premiere at this late night concert.
“My work NATURE gives silence a turn to speak. Let us subject ourselves to timelessness.

Kimmo Hakola: NATURE Op. 103 (2020) 13 Songs of silence for piano and optional instruments (premiere)

Streaming and live broadcast on Yle Radio 1

NOTE! Due to the exceptional arrangements of 2021, advance ticket sales have been discontinued. The concerts during the week are streamed and they are free of charge.

FRIDAY 22nd January

CANCELLED: Opening Event of the Chamber Music Week and the Art Exhibition
5pm Kallio Hall, Folk Arts Centre
Art exhibition by Jan Kenneth Weckman: MY WAY & THE HIGHWAY
Free entry.

SATURDAY 23th January

CANCELLED: Children’s Concert
3 pm Kaustinen Hall
Tickets 10€ (adults, free entry for children)

CANCELLED: Beethoven’s Better March
6 pm Folk Art Centre Lobby
Mauno Järvelä, Siiri Virkkala and Kreeta-Maria Kentala, violin;
Timo Valo, harmonium; Oskari Hanhikoski, double bass
In a concert organized in cooperation with Musiiki ry, favorite themes of classical music and folk music shake hands.
P-klubi series concert, organized by Musiiki ry.
Tickets 15/10 €

SUNDAY 24th January

CANCELLED: Variations
3 pm Kaustinen Church
Otto Kentala, guitar and Lotus Tinat, violin
The young artists of the Chamber Music Week perform.
The programme includes core solo repertoire for violin and guitar. After the skilful and atmospheric solo performances follows a more familiar duo for violin and guitar, Paganini’s Cantabile.
J.S. Bach, N. Paganini, J. Rodrigo, K. Saariaho, C. Vivier, E. Ysaÿe,
Tickets 20/15 €

Johann Jacob Froberger: Sarja XX, D Major
Otto Kentala, guitar

J.S. Bach: Sonata for Solo Violin No. 2, A minor BWV 1003
Andante – Allegro
Eugène Ysaÿe: Sonata for Solo Violin No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 27
Kaija Saariaho: Nocturne
Niccolò Paganini: Caprice No. 24, Op. 1
Lotus Tinat, violin

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Partita (1956/1980)
Henri Sauguet: Soliloque (1956)
Claude Vivier: Pour Guitare (1975)
Joaquín Rodrigo: Invocación y Danza (1961)
Otto Kentala, guitar

Niccolò Paganini: Cantabile for Violin and Guitar, Op. 17
Lotus Tinat & Otto Kentala

TUESDAY 26th January

CANCELLED: Laura Maddalena
7pm  Kaustinen Hall
Elina Mustonen, harpsichordist and actress
Directed by Johanna Freundlich
The musical drama Laura Maddalena tells the story of two girls from a 17th and 18th century Venetian orphanage combining history and fiction. The work also flashes historical figures, such as the composer Maddalena-Laura Lombardini Sirmen, who grew up in the Ospedale de Mendicant, and the composers Barbara Strozzi and Giuseppe Tartini. The play, written by Eero Hämeenniemi, features his own new compositions and Venetian harpsichord music from the Baroque period.
Text and music: Eero Hämeenniemi
Visualization: Nina Mansikka
Tickets 24/19 €

WEDNESDAY 27th January

CANCELLED: Timo Alakotila and Friends
7 pm Kaustinen Hall
Timo Alakotila, piano
Siiri Virkkala and Alina Järvelä, violin; Mauno Järvelä, viola;Janne Virkkala, cello; Oskari Hanhikoski, double bass
Timo Alakotila is one of the most versatile and prolific musicians, composers and arrangers in Finland. In the evening’s concert, he will perform with his longtime musician friends from Kaustinen, playing his own compositions for piano and string quintet.
Tickets 24/19 €

SATURDAY 30th January

CANCELLED: Chamber Music Marathon
7pm Kaustinen Hall
In the light atmosphere of the closing concert of the Chamber Music Week, the artists and assistants of the week will meet.
The concert will be compiled by Mauno Järvelä, Siiri Virkkala, Kaija Saarikettu and Maria Pulakka
Tickets 24/19 €