Kristi Mühling is a professional Estonian chromatic kannel player who specialises mainly on contemporary and classical music. She has premiered numerous compositions for this instrument, both as a soloist and chamber musician. She is a member of regularly performing ensembles such as Resonabilis and Una Corda. Kristi Mühling is also the founder of the chromatic kannel specialty at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and has worked there since the establishment of the specialty in 2002. Kristi Mühling was born in 1971 in Tallinn and began her kannel studies at the age of 10 at the Tallinn School of Music under the tutelage of Els Roode. She continued her studies at the Tallinn Georg Ots Music School. In 1991–2000, she studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and obtained a Master’s Degree as a kannel soloist (class of Ritva Koistinen). In 2000, she was awarded 1st Prize at the Jonas Švedas Contest for Baltic and Finnish kannel players in Vilnius, Lithuania. Since 1997 she has been teaching kannel at the Georg Ots Tallinn Music School.
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