About Maria Kalaniemi

Maria Kalaniemi (born May 27, 1964 in Espoo, Finland) is a Finnish accordionist. She was classically trained, gaining her MMus from the Sibelius Academy in 1992, but has become mostly known as a folk musician having played this music from childhood, besides her classical music studies, and also at the folk music department of the Sibelius Academy.


Ensembles she is or has been involved with are:

  • Niekku, formed during the years at the Sibelius Academy: before they disbanded, they recorded three albums.
  • Aldargaz, also formed at the Sibelius Academy including fiddler Arto Järvelä, pianist Timo Alakotila, mandolinist Petri Hakala, guitarist Olli Varis and Tapani Varis. The group made their last recording in 1999.
  • A duo consisting of her and Timo Alakotila, that recorded the album Ambra.
  • Maria Kalaniemi Trio, extending the duo with Olli Varis. Both the duo and the…Read more on Wikipedia