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Concert organist Kalevi Kiviniemi (b. 1958) is one of the internationally most active Finnish instrumental musicians. He has traveled throughout most of the European countries, Russia, Japan, the Philippines, Australia, and the United States as a concert and recording artist. He has served as a jury member in many international organ competitions (Nuremberg 1996, Capri 1998, Speyer 2001, Korschenbroich 2005) and given masterclasses. Kalevi Kiviniemi served as Artistic Director of the Lahti Organ Festival for ten years 1991-2001.

As a recording artist, Kalevi Kiviniemi has not been equalled in Finland: the number of his recordings exceeds one hundred. The recording venues have included important organs in Finland as well as historical instruments in the USA, Japan, the Philippines, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany.

Kalevi Kiviniemi has also received several awards in recognition of his remarkable work in the field of organ culture: in 1997 he received the Pro Tavastica award, in 1999 the cultural award of the City of Lahti and in 2000 he was chosen as the Lahti Inhabitant of the Year. The Wood in Culture Foundation granted the Luonnotar Award of 2003 to Kalevi Kiviniemi, and the same year he was awarded the Vaasan Jaakkoo prize. In 2004, the Organum Society presented the annual circulating prize to Kalevi Kiviniemi for his work in promoting Finnish organ art.