Finnish soprano Uli Kontu-Korhonen graduated from the Sibelius Academy. She studied early music in different master classes under the guidance of Evelyn Tubb, Michael Fields, Stephen Stubbs, Suzie LeBlanc and the singers of the Hilliard Ensemble among others.
Kontu-Korhonen has a bright translucent soprano voice that chimes in angelical heights always preserving its beautiful timbre. She is a powerful interpreter, who tells a story openly communicating with the audience.
Her solo album Praemia lucis (Alba records 2008) includes songs written by Hildegard von Bingen, old Finnish hymns and folk songs. In her solo repertoire Kontu-Korhonen sings and plays medieval instruments: a dulcimer, a sinfonia, a portative organ and a kantele.
Kontu-Korhonen has been the lead singer of the medieval ensemble Oliphant since 1997. The ensemble’s repertoire covers music from 12th century monody to polyphonic ars nova. Oliphant’s albums have been well received by the audience and the critics.
In addition to her own solo concerts Kontu-Korhonen has been in the medieval liturgical drama Ludus Danielis and the play Ordo Virtutum. She has played in several plays and dance numbers that have had a strong connection to medieval music. Among medieval, renaissance and baroque music Kontu-Korhonen performs jazz, folk and contemporary music. Various cross-artistic productions are an essential part of her artistic personality.
Kontu-Korhonen teaches early music at the music academy in Turku.