Kreeta-Maria Kentala

Kreeta-Maria Kentala

Kreeta-Maria Kentala studied violin at the Central Ostrobothnian School of Music with Mauno Järvelä, Juha Kangas and Kaija Saarikettu. From there she advanced to the Sibelius-Academy and the Edsberg Music School in Stockholm. At a masterclass in Edsberg she was introduced to Reinhard Goebel, whom she followed to Cologne to study Baroque music. Kentala also studied Baroque music under the guidance of the legendary Baroque violinist Monica Huggett.

Kentala has been a member of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra as well as the Musica Antiqua Köln ensemble. Currently she teaches musicians specializing in Baroque music at the Pietarsaari University of Applied Sciences Novia, and tours frequently as a soloist and leader for her many ensembles: Rantatie String Quartet,  Jouheva Ensemble and the Folk Baroque Ensemble SAMA, The Jones Band and Barocco Boreale. She was artistic director of the Kaustinen Chamber Music Week 2010-2012, and chair of the Kaustinen Folk Musician Association in 2013–2016. Kentala received the ”Album of the Year” Award of the Finnish Broadcasting Company as well as the ”Emma Award” 2016 for her recording ”Side by side”. The Arts Promotion Centre Finland has awarded her a five-year artist grant for the years 2017–2021, and she plays a Giovanni Battista Rogeri baroque violin (1691), owned by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.