Kreeta-Maria Kentala is a regular visitor to orchestras as a soloist and as a concert master, also leading orchestras from the concert master’s position. Starting in 2016/17 Kreeta-Maria Kentala puts her educational duties aside for a while and concentrates fully on her artistic projects. Combining genres and eras, mainstream composers and less known names is the trademark of her content planning. Her solo repertoire includes concertos by Antonio Vivaldi, Francesco Maria Veracini, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johan Helmich Roman, Erik Tulindberg, Erik Ferling and Wenzel Pilch. Her instrument is a Giovanni Battista Rogeri baroque violin (Brescia 1691), owned by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
As an orchestra musician Kreeta-Maria Kentala has been a permanent member of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Musica Antiqua Köln. Her regular chamber music projects are The Jones Bandbaroque trio (Lauri Pulakka, cello; Mitzi Meyerson, harpsichord), period instrument quartet Rantatie (Siiri Virkkala, violin; Jouko Mansnerus, viola; Lea Pekkala, cello) and Barocco Boreale, an ensemble by members of well-known Ostrobothnian baroque music families (Kentala, Virkkala, Pulakka, Pyrhönen, Holmqvist, Mansnerus, Kangas and Polso). Baroque, folk and contemporary repertoire is combined in the programs of her folk-baroque ensembles SAMA and Jouheva.
Kreeta-Maria Kentala has received several awards of her recordings. On her soloalbum Side by Side she combines J.S.Bach’s solo partitas with folk music of her native region in Ostrobothnia. On Barocco Boreale’s recent release she plays the solo parts of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
As passionate as of playing Kreeta-Maria Kentala is of teaching. Before moving back to her Ostrobothnian home town Kaustinen, she was a lecturer in baroque violin at the Sibelius-Academy and violin at the West Helsinki Music School. She is currently a lecturer of baroque music at the Novia University of Applied Sciences (Jakobstad).
Ostrobothnia is a region located in Western Finland and along with autonomous and monolingual province Åland, one of the two Finnish regions with a Swedish-speaking majority. Ostrobothnia takes pride in its particularly strong musical roots. There are families – Kentala being one of them – with several musician generations, dating back as far as 17th century to the time when Finland was still a part of Sweden