Master Luthier Ari-Pekka Paasonen
I started with piano when I was two years old, at least that’s what they tell me. After piano I soon got interested in guitar and later mandolin. After high-school in the late 80s I studied chemistry, philosophy and mathematics in Jyväskylä university but didn’t graduate(motivation crisis…). I decided to change my future plans and landed in Ikaalinen school of arts and crafts in -91. I studied there with master luthier Rauno Nieminen, Matti Nevalainen, Jyrki Pölkki and Kari Nieminen.
Lutherie became my profession when I established Jasesoi Musical Instruments in 1994 with Jukka Melametsä. Melametsä left soon to be a guitar hero and guitar repairman in Kokkola.
I have taught lutherie in Lutherie school and community colleges, given lectures in music schools and university of applied sciences. I also have a specialist degree in competence-based qualifications. And have had a great chance to be in a group to develop qualification requirements of lutherie degrees in Finland.
In May 2009 I received my master luthier degree.
During 20 years of building and repairing instruments I have had a marvellous chance to study hundreds of magnificent guitars and mandolins and learn so much from them. I apply that knowledge to my work every day.