Markku Lepistö

"Lepistö is a master with the touch of an angel" – Mark D. Moss, Sing Out Magazine

Markku Lepistö

Markku Lepistö & Mikko Helenius

Nordic folk with flavors of classical and jazz.

MARKKU LEPISTÖ, diatonic accordion

Markku Lepistö & Mikko Helenius are Finnish all-star musicians with skills in blending various music styles. Lepistö is one of the best-known proponents of new Finnish and Nordic folk accordion music, while Helenius is highly respected as a concert and church music organist, as well as a talented bandoneon player. Markku and Mikko embarked on their project with accordion and organ in 2016, coinciding with Markku completing his doctoral degree in music.

“When you combine accordion and organ, the result could be dreadful. But now it’s amazing!” remarked one of the leading classical music critics, Veijo Murtomäki, about the duo’s debut album “Bellows and Pipes” in the Finnish main newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat. Since then, their album has received several other favorable reviews in Finland and Europe.

The duo’s repertoire includes both traditional and contemporary folk music played with diatonic accordion and church organ. Their music can be described as a fusion of Nordic folk and classical music with hints of jazz. Their musical prowess enriches the acoustic sound, rendering it rich and warm, while their compositions are imbued with joy, grace, sorrow, and hope.


Bellows and Pipes (2019)

1 Himlens polska
2. Lakeuden risti

Suite for Accordion and Organ
3. Overture
4. First Waltz 3.14
5. Choral 3.24
6. Second Waltz 3.45
7. Promise 4.03
8. Finale

9. Gammal fäbodpsalm från Dalarna
10. Rukous
11. Sen suven suloisuutta


“project built on belief and passion
by two oustanding musicians” Fiona Talkington, Songlines ****


“big, powerful, sincere music.” Andrew Cronshaw, fRoots




Markku Lepistö
+358 400 414 202


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