"One of the most influential fiddlers in Finland for many years, Mauno Järvelä of Kaustinen continues to play a major role in the life, growth and development of the Kaustinen and national Finnish fiddle community.
As a teacher, Mauno has worked with hundreds and hundreds of Kaustinen students from knee-high tots to late teenagers, in folk, classical and other music fields. He has led a national crusade to make the folk music of Finland part of every day life through his school teaching and the development of a "Suzuki of the north" teaching system. His affect on his students has, for many years, been a major force in the fiddling styles of folk music players in terms of technique, composition, arranging and repertoire.
Mauno also performs and composes with the internationally famous band JPP and produces local recordings of the Kaustinen fiddle tradition. His extensive classical training and experience, including an eight year stint with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra expands the scope of everything he works with, ensuring that the Finnish fiddle scene is one of the most distinctive and fascinating musical forces in this world."
this text was written by Phillip Page 2002, originally published by the Finnish Information Centre (FIMIC)
Three of Mauno's talented children will be performing with
him at Nisswa-stämman 2004 -
In Mauno's own words: