"Poetry and music are my calling. I believe that, along with skill, artistry comes about through authenticity and the courage to speak using one's own voice. For me, my work as a poet and musician also involves self-discipline, power of expression, the search for beauty, sensitivity, timelessness and the continuation of our cultural heritage. Art is always greater than man."


Johanna Kärkkäinen is a versatile flutist, poet and artist. In 2015, she graduated with a Master of Music degree from the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts in Helsinki under teacher Petri Alanko. She also studied with Anja Voipio-Mansnerus and Mikael Helasvuo. Kärkkäinen has supplemented her studies with, among others, the master classes of Jacques Zoon, Felix Renggli and Renate Greiss-Armin.
Since 2015, Kärkkäinen has been regularly organizing concerts combining poetry and music throughout Finland. In addition, her performances combining poetry and solo flute music have been organized in Finland, Germany (Berlin and Munich), and Italy. Johanna Kärkkäinen also works as an orchestra and chamber musician, soloist, poetry reciter and flute teacher. She actively premieres new music and has collaborated with visual, video and performance artists both in Finland and internationally. In 2022-2023, Kärkkäinen will premiere compositions by Kai Nieminen, Ilkka Hammo and Artturi Rönka.

Kärkkäinen was part of the organizational team for the Tampere Flute Fest between 2019-2022, and in 2022 Kärkkäinen performed as an artist at the Flute Fest gala concert and served as the chairman of the jury for the festival's “The FLC” flute competition. Kärkkäinen will once again be performing at the Festival in spring 2023.

Kärkkäinen performed as the primary flutist in the Seinäjoki City Orchestra during the 2020-21 season and was a member of the orchestra’s artistic leadership team. Kärkkäinen's debut album combining poetry and music was released together with guitarist Olli Hirvanen on the Pilfink label in the summer of 2022.

In the 2022-2023 season, Johanna Kärkkäinen will perform with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra as Co-Principal Flute. In addition to her work as an orchestra musician, she will perform as an artist at festivals, events and will continue to organize concerts combining poetry and music all over Finland.

Johanna Kärkkäinen's artistic work has been supported by the Taiteen edistämiskeskus and her instrument acquisitions have been supported by the Alfred Kordelin Foundation.



Performance Calendar Spring 2023

A Due -levynjulkaisukiertueen konsertit

14.1. klo 15.00 Saarijärvi-sali, Saarijärvi
Johanna Kärkkäinen, huilu ja lausunta
Olli Hirvanen, kitara

15.1. klo 14.00 Kulttuuritalo Kimara, Keuruu
Johanna Kärkkäinen, huilu 
Olli Hirvanen, kitara, 
Hannele Huovi, lausunta

18.2. klo 16.00 Jämsän kirkko, Jämsä
19.2. klo 15.00 Kulttuuritila, Hankasalmi
Johanna Kärkkäinen, huilu
Olli Hirvanen, kitara
Johanna Venho, lausunta


18.3. klo 15.00
Jyväskylä Sinfonian kamarikonsertti 
Kai Nieminen 70v.
Johanna Kärkkäinen, huilu 
Olli Hirvanen, kitara 
Kai Nieminen, kitara 
Jyväskylä Sinfonian kamarimuusikot
Jyväskylän kaupungintalo

lyhytelokuva, runoutta ja karjalaisia kansanlauluja
Johanna Kärkkäinen ja elokuvaohjaaja Jyrki Haapala.
Tampere Flute Fest, Tampere-talo
(kellonaika ja tilaisuuden tarkemmat tiedot julkistetaan myöhemmin)

Johanna Kärkkäinen will perform in the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra as second flutist for the spring 2023 season. More information about TFO's concerts: www.tfo.fi

Tuuli Lindeberg, sopraano
Henriikka Teerikangas, kapellimestari
Johanna Kärkkäinen, huilu
Helmi Malmgren, klarinetti
Linda Suolahti, viulu ja alttoviulu
Sirja Nironen, sello
Minttu Siitonen, piano 
Fredrik Tammela, lavastus


Poetry, along with music, is the dearest art form for Johanna Kärkkäinen, and she has written poetry since childhood. Johanna Kärkkäinen’s debut poetry collection Kädet lokakuun harmaat (“The Grey Hands of October”) was published in 2017, and her second poetry collection, Kultakivi, (“The Golden Stone”) was published in 2020.
Kärkkäinen regularly organizes concerts combining music and poetry, one of which was her Master’s degree concert based on Mirkka Rekola’s poetry at the Sibelius Academy in 2015. Kärkkäinen also served as the artistic director of the Helsinki-based Mirkka Rekola -festival in the autumn of 2018.

Poems by Johanna Kärkkäinen have been recited at the Aino Ackté -chamber festival in Helsinki, orchestral concerts, the Ivana Helsinki’s Superwood Festival, Lieksa’s Vaskiviikot, the Helsinki Winds-festival, Vanhan Kirjan Talvi-event in Jyväskylä, at libraries, art galleries, and at Kärkkäinen’s solo concerts around Finland. The poems have been performed in German in Munich and in Italian in Lucignano, Italy, as well as in Berlin at the Showroom Berlin art gallery in 2016.

In autumn of 2021, Johanna Kärkkäinen wrote a poem in the Sisekosmos art book by the Estonian artist Kaupo Kikkas, which was published in February 2022 as part of the Sisekosmos exhibition at the Fotografiska museum in Tallinn. Kärkkäinen's latest poem has been translated into into Estonian and English for the book.

Kärkkäinen has performed together with numerous authors, including Johanna Venho and Katja Seutu, as well as appearing with author Antti Nylén in the Kaikuja series of events in Helsinki, led by Vilja-Tuulia Huotarinen.

Composer and jazz-pianist Artturi Rönkä has composed a piece "...taakseni katsonut" (2017) for flute and piano based on poems in Kärkkäinen’s debut poetry collection. A version of this composition featuring flute and guitar was later released in 2020. Composer Antti Ilvonen composed the piece ”Encre Noire” (2019) for soprano and guitar based on Kärkkäinen’s poems from her “Kädet lokakuun harmaat” collection. Antti Ilvonen's latest composition "Ciel Clair" for soprano and guitar had its premiere in September 2022. This composition is based on the texts of Kärkkäinen's “Kultakivi” poetry collection.


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