Veikko Vallinoja & Jussi Littunen

Veikko Vallinoja: Singer

A versatile singer with a broad interest in different aspects of classical song, Veikko Vallinoja is known mainly as a Lied singer, especially through his long collaboration with pianist Jussi Littunen. A childhood in a Boys’ choir introduced him to baroque oratorio, which is his other focus as a singer. He is currently studying vocal arts at the Sibelius Academy under Hannu Niemelä. 

He has been praised for his versatile and expressive voice and exceptional clarity of diction. In January 2023 he was the best of the male singer category in the Lappeenranta song competition, receiving 2nd prize.

Jussi Littunen: Pianist

Jussi Littunen began his musical journey at the Turku conservatory, and his passion for Lied was born during vocational studies at the Helsinki conservatory of Music. Currently, Littunen is finishing his Master’s degree at the Sibelius Academy, where he majored in piano performance under Ilmo Ranta and gave his Master’s recital in April 2023. 

Littunen collaborates actively with singers, playing both Lied and opera repertoire, and his duo history with Veikko Vallinoja dates back to year 2014. Besides vocal music, he enjoys ensemble playing and is fascinated by music of the early 20th century.