Eija Kankaanranta, kantele
Eija Kankaanranta is one of the leading Finnish kantele musicians concentrating on contemporary music and improvisation. She has premiered works by Asta Hyvärinen, Michael Finnissy, Jukka Tiensuu, Lotta Wennäkoski and Juhani Nuorvala. Eija is the first classical kantele player to complete a perfomer´s doctorate in the Sibelius Academy in 2009. Her solo cd ”Griffyr - contemporary music for kantele” was released in 2007.
Eija has appeared as soloist with the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Pori Sinfonietta, Joensuu City Orhestra and the Netherlands Wind Ensemble. She has also played the kantele in various orchestras like the Uusinta Chamber Ensemble, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble and Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen.