FINNISH RUNOSONG with pekka KuuSisto and Ilona korhonen

28 September 2017 | 9:30 PM
Southbank Centre | The Ballroom
Free Admission

Get a unique perspective on traditional Finnish music with Pekka Kuusisto and Ilona Korhonen. The latter sings archaic runosong, which is the oldest known Fenno-Baltic singing style.

Pekka Kuusisto. Photo: Kaapo Kamu

Pekka Kuusisto. Photo: Kaapo Kamu


Pekka Kuusisto (b. 1976 in Finland) is a world famous violinist with a personal sound. He began studying the violin at the age of three and in 1995 he became the first Finnish violinist to win the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition and he was awarded the special price for the best performance of Jean Sibelius' violin concerto.





Ilona Korhonen (b. 1972 in Finland) is a female musician dedicated to folk music and involved in all kinds of music, mostly vocal. She has studied at the Sibelius Academy Department of Music Education and she became Master of Music in 2003. In 2014 she won the national folk music ”Konsta Jylhä -competition”, in traditional competition in Kaustinen. She gives concert all around Europe, performing at the moment mostly as a runo-singing soloist.