Vilho Kekkonen was born on the 21st of February 1909. He studied at the Conservatories of Viipuri and
Helsinki before entering the Sibelius Academy. He sang in his first concert in Helsinki in 1944.
He was also the lead tenor at the Finnish National Opera. He became an organist, a singer, a composer,
a conductor and a teacher of singing. He has given concerts in Europe, Canada, and the United
States. He composed hundreds of music pieces (symphonic, oratorio, solo singing, and children's
songs), written poetry and has served as a vocal teacher at the Conservatory of Jyvaskyla.
He has served since 1951 as director of the women's choir Vaput in Jyvaskyla. He is director of his
church choir and in 2001 he donated a significant amount to the Conservatory of Jyvaskyla in order
to organize the tenor competition held in his name. The first winner in 2001 was tenor Tuomas Katajala,
a student of the deceased Finnish tenor Peter Lindroos. He ranks in the Guiness Book of Records as
the world's oldest performing tenor. In 1999, he sang a concert to celebrate his 90'th birthday.
in 2004, he sang at the Taulumaki Churdch to celebrate his 95'th birthday. He is now planning
his centenary concert.