Naselle, WA, September 23, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- About Wilho F. Saari
Wilho F. Saari is a composer and performer of the musical instrument the kantele. The kantele is a traditional plucked string instrument of the dulcimer and zither family native to Finland. He is a fifth-generation Finnish American player of the kantele, the Finnish psaltery. Kreeta Haapasalo, a well-known kantele player in Finland in the 19th century, was his great-great grandmother. He was awarded the Governor's Heritage Award for his work popularizing and teaching the kantele. Mr. Saari was one of ten recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) award of an NEA National Heritage Fellowship, the country's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. He performed at FinnFest USA '06, an annual national festival, where he participated in the world premiere of a Kantele Mass composed by Jarkko Yli-Annala. Mr. Saari has produced music CD’s and has over 4000 musical compositions in progress.
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