Cellist, Artistic Director of the Sibafest (Helsinki) and of the Sysmän Suvisoitto Music Festival
Graduate of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and professor there since 1995. In 1986 he took Second Prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition. Since that time he has performed with leading orchestras throughout Europe and Scandinavia. From 1993 to 2009 he was artistic director of the Turku Music Festival. In 2010 he became the artistic director of the Sibafest in Helsinki, and in 2012 of the Sysmän Suvisoitto Music Festival. He has been a juror for international competitions, among them the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011. He has made recordings on both the Ondine and Finlandia labels.