Minna Raskinen
b. in Iitti, Finland in 1966
Graduated from Iitti upper secondary school 1986
1983-84 YFU exchange-student in Michigan, Fulton High School, USA
Studied at the Sibelius-Academy, Department of Folk Music 1986-95 (Master of Music 1995)
Post-graduate degree from the same department (Licensiate of Music) 2006.


"Pärhä" kantele group 1978-83
Solo performances at various events in Finland and abroad: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Poland, Germany, UK, Ireland, Russia, USA, Canada, Japan, Hungary, Portugal, Estonia, China, India, Faroe Islands, Kazakhstan, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Thailand and Australia

Several duo projects with the following artists: Virpi Forsberg, Andrew Cronshaw, Esa Kotilainen, Jukka Tolonen, Vincent Michaud, Seckou Keita, singers: Taito Hoffren, Nína Björk Eliásson, dancers: Ari Numminen, Minna Tervamäki

Several ensemble projects in Finland and abroad from 1986 to date
Musician in the "Kanteletar"- production in the dance-theatre "Hurjaruuth" 1990-93
The Striking Notes/ Magic Combo tours in India 2002 (with Jukka Tolonen-guitar, Kamal Sabri-sarangi; Markku Ounaskari-drums; Ustad Shafaat Khan/Anindo Chatterjee-tabla)
The Magic Combo: Kamal Sabri (sarangi), Jukka Tolonen (guitar), Sukhvinder Singh (tabla), Minna Raskinen (kanteles)
Handpicked tour in June 2003 in the UK with Tony McManus and Martin Simpson; guitars, Llio Rhydderch; Welsh harp, and Seckou Keita; kora (organized by Folkworks)


Solo album "Revelations"; compositions for the concert kantele, 1995
"Wings", 2008 ; 5-15- string kanteles with guest musicians: Seckou Keita (kora), Anna-Kaisa Liedes (vocals), Jukka Tolonen (guitar) and Heikki Virtanen (double-bass)


Finland Kaustinen Folk Music Festival 1990 BHCD 9130
Solos in the Night 1992 KICD 26,
FROOTS CD#6, with FolkRoots magazine in England 1996
l´agrimas de arpa y luna, RESCD028, Spain 1996
Accompaning the "Kullervo"- choir in the "Likainen Enkeli"-CD 1992 
Andrew Cronshaw: "Language of the Snakes" - album, England 1993
Hector Zazou- Harold Budd: "Glypf" France 1995
Hector Zazou: "Lights in the Dark", France 1998
"VAUVA" ("Baby") - the Most Beautiful folk songs VLCD 1025, 1996
Andrew Cronshaw; "On the Shoulders of the Great Bear" CV 2007, England 2000
Music for Ritva Laijoki-Puska´s documentary "Little Tiny Carriage of Life" 1993-94 and Soile Mottisenkangas' "Maria Eveliina"2013


Teaching kantele and folk music at music schools and summer courses in Finland and abroad since 1984 (East Helsinki Music School, The Sibelius-Academy, The Joensuu Conservatory. Estonia, China, Japan, India).
Lecturer and senior lecturer of folk music at the Central Ostrobothnia Conservatoire and University of Applied Sciences in Kokkola, Finland 1995-2009
Regional artist at the South-Eastern Arts Council / Arts Promotion Centre in 2010-2013
Lectures at international seminars and conferences
Music courses in the multicultural elementary school in Kouvola, Finland autumn 2012 and 2013
Äijäkanteleet (Male kantele) group, 2011-


Coordinator for international exchange at the University of Applied Sciences 2002-2007
Founder and Artistic Director of the LEMPO-festival of folk music and dance in Kouvola, Finland 2011-2016 (
Chair of the Nordtrad-network 2004-2009
Regional artist at the Arts Council of South-Eastern Finland 2010-2013 (2013-: Arts Promotion Centre Finland)
The Kaustinen Competition, chair of the international jury 2000
Teachers' Trade Union Trustee 2006-09
Compère for international concerts at the Kaustinen festival 1997

Language skills:
Finnish (native), English (excellent), Swedish, German , French
(Spanish, Russian and Japanese: beginner's level).