Janis Kalnins is an organ builder from Latvia (Lithuania's northern neighbor country on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea). Together with his team he has built many new instruments and restored some of the most important historical organs in the region, including one of the oldest organs in the Baltic states (Cornelius Rhaneus organ in Ugale, Latvia from 1701).
His biggest source of inspiration is Baltic organ building tradition and he is passionate about continuing it in his own work.
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