Aino Ruotanen is a Finnish kantele artist, singer, composer and teacher. Her background is mainly in Scandinavian traditional and contemporary folk music, but she has been also widely involved in other rhythm music styles and genres. Aino’s solo project is exploring the diversity of her instrument. She combines modern and traditional sounds of Finnish kantele with her unique rhythmic style of playing and wide scale of vivid tones.
Aino’s journey with kantele started in Rääkkylä, folk music parish in North Karelia. Ruotanen studied in the rhythm music department in Joensuu (Finland) and in the Folk- and World music department in Malmö (Sweden). She did her masters in the Global Master program of Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus & Sibelius Academy (Denmark/Finland), and graduated in 2017. Besides Finland she has been performing for example in Japan, Kyrgyz, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Senegal and Ghana.
Aino has been working as an educator in various music schools in Finland since 2006.