The purpose of the Finnish Cultural Foundation's instrument collection is to acquire instruments for the Foundation to own and lend to musicians. Currently, the collection consists of fifty-six string instruments and a harpsichord. In addition to instruments by old Italian and French masters, quality instruments for advanced students are also available.

Applications close at 4 pm Finnish time on the last day of the application period.

Loan periods

As a rule, the loan period is ca. five years, and consecutive loans of the same instrument are not permitted. However, the most valuable instruments in the collection can be granted to the same person for another or even for a third loan period. Some instruments have specific requirements concerning their regional usage.

Who May Apply

The instruments are lent primarily to persons permanently residing in Finland. A Finnish applicant's studies abroad make an exception to this rule.

Grant Decisions

An instrument loan can be applied for during the March Round of Applications. Applications should be submitted using the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s Online Application Service. Applications close at 4 pm Finnish time on the last day of the application period.

A committee of experts of the instrument collection makes the proposals to the Finnish Cultural Foundation board of trustees. The decisions will be released at the latest by the end of May.

Instruments for loan 2022

For a loan period of five years:


  • Pierre & Hippolyte Silvestre II, Lyon 1840
    Primarily intended for musicians from North Karelia


  • Anon. "Felice Guadagnini 1865"
  • Andrea Robin-Frandsen, Angers 1996
  • Gerriet Groth, Wiesbaden 1980


  • Luigi Bajoni, Milano ca. 1850
  • Patrick Robin, Angers 1996

For a loan period of three years:

Violin (baroque)

  • Gianbattista Rogeri, Brescia 1691

Viola (baroque)

  • Anon. French, ca. 1750
More information about instrumental loans:
Erityisasiantuntija Veli-Markus Tapio
Senior advisor