Lasse Lehtonen
  • PL 24 (Unioninkatu 40)




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Description of research and teaching

  • Academic status: PhD
  • Academic fields: musicology, Japanese studies
  • Expertise: Japanese culture, history and society; music in Japan; history and theory of Western art music and popular music; video game music; nationalism; gender; interculturality
  • PhD thesis (2018): "March from the Age of Imitation to the Age of Creation:" Musical Representations of Japan in the Work and Thought of Shinkō sakkyokuka renmei, 1930–1940. University of Helsinki, 230 p. Available online.
  • Other activities: active writer, educator, and organizer of cultural exchange projects; former co-editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal of the Finnish Musicological Society; editor of Finnish Music Quarterly; chairman of Young Academy Finland, vice president of the Society for the Teachers of Japanese Culture and Language in Finland, and board member of the Finnish Musicological Society.
  • E-mail: lasse.a.lehtonen[at]

Feel free to contact me if you share similar research interests!

Profile photo: Sebastian Trzaska

Education/Academic qualification

Ph. D.

External positions

Chairman, Nuorten Tiedeakatemia - Young Academy Finland

Sep 2023 → …

Vice president, Teachers of Japanese Language and Culture in Finland

Jan 2021 → …

Board member, Finnish Musicological Society

Jan 2021 → …

Vice president, Finnish-Japanese Society

Jan 2018Dec 2019

Fields of Science

  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Japanese studies
  • 6131 Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts
  • musicology