The kantele musician/artist Vilma Timonen is a lecturer of folk music in Sibelius Academy. She has worked in various musical settings and has been one of the pioneers to use the traditional finnish instrument kantele in different ways. She was one of the first kantele artists to play the electric kantele and has especially focused on developing the role of the kantele as a diverse band instrument. Vilma Timonen has given concerts in Spain, Venezuela, Columbia, the U:S:A., Japan, Portugal, Zambia and Tanzania and has had a comprehensive career as a kantele musician in dance and theatre productions.


Vilma Timonen Quartet's album FORWARD has been elected as the best etno album of the year 2009 in Finland!!
The Emma -price (the finninsh version for Grammy's) was given to the Quartet at the Gala on the 4th of February and it was on TV at Yle.

You can watch the gala here

Vilma Timonen Quartet' s albumFORWARD you can buy for example here

The music you can find from

Kanteleen kyydissä CD has been released!!

Both of the album's were released by Aania- records and their web page is They have some really nice cd's so check it out!

Kanteleen kyydissä future performances:

28.2. Gloria- stage, Helsinki
7.3. Tampere- talo, Tampere
2.7. Sommelo Festival, Kuhmo

Vilma Timonen Quartet gigs:

31.3. Sibelius Academy, Helsinki