Eira Karlson (b. 1978) began her musical studies as a violinist. She has specialised in Arabic (Arabic-tuned violin) and medieval (fiddle) music, in which she was tutored by her father, Leif Karlson, from the time she was a teenager (a member of the El Teslim ensemble playing Arabic music since 1991 and of Oliphant specialising in medieval music since 1995). She is also a founding member of the Sufira and Kaleidos early music ensembles and is a qualified teacher of both the violin and voice. She has appeared with various line-ups both in Finland and abroad and has recorded both early and contemporary music.