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Finnish Runosong with Pekka Kuusisto and Ilona Korhonen

Part of Nordic Music Days

Violinist Pekka Kuusisto and vocalist Ilona Korhonen present a fascinating contemporary perspective on Finnish folk music in this free post-concert performance on The Clore Ballroom.

Ilona Korhonen is an expert in runo song, an ancient Finnish tradition that fuses song, poetry and storytelling. Through figures such as 19th-century poet and singer Larin Paraske, runo song played a central role in the development of Finnish national identity. Pekka Kuusisto is a leading Finnish violinist, steeped in his country’s musical heritage and well known for his boundary-crossing musical collaborations.

Part of Nordic Matters

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Royal Festival Hall
The Clore Ballroom, Level 2



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