In my opinion he is one of the most important guitarists active now, by any standards, anywhere. His technique seems limitless, but it never calls attention to itself, it is simply a tool to get deep into the musical expression and content. What has impressed me most however, is Mr Korhonen’s artistic and intellectual curiosity and his open mind. He knows no fear when venturing into previously unknown territory. In fact he is someone who absolutely cherishes new challenges, and he is deeply committed not only to expanding the repertoire of his instrument but also pushing himself musically beyond previous limits, concert after concert, week after week, year after year.
Korhonen’s fluency gives a fragrant spaciousness to the music that allows each detail to shimmer with significance within the context of the whole. Simply put, this is masterful playing on every level.
Korhonen’s playing is outstanding throughout. The music is awash with rippling arpeggios, airy harmonics, lyrical melodies and sometimes violent strumming; these Korhonen relates to their more rational syntactic underpinnings with the skill of an interior designer who happens to be possessed of a peculiar genius.
Timo Korhonen’s playing is sensational. Korhonen is the new champion, new Tárrega of the guitar!