Pianist Tuukka Vähätalo graduated as a music educator from the Turku University of Applied Sciences, Taideakatemia, where he completed his piano B-course examination with excellent grades under the guidance of Jukka Juvonen. In 2012, he achieved 3rd place in the national Leevi Madetoja Piano Competition, and in 2013, he took second place in the regional Pianoaura Competition. Additionally, Vähätalo has participated in the Jyväskylä Piano Competition and attended several master classes.
Over the years, he has performed extensively as a versatile lied and chamber musician in various concerts, including multiple appearances at the Eurajoki Bel Canto Festival, Pianoaura Festival, and Nauvo Chamber Music Days. At the Bel Canto Festival, he has collaborated with Mika Karekse for several years. Vähätalo appeared as a young soloist with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013. He has also performed the piano version of Sibelius’ Kullervo Symphony in collaboration with the Turku-based male choir Naskalit, both in Finland and Estonia. In the autumn of 2016, Vähätalo and pianist Pasi Helin recorded a tape for Yleisradio (the Finnish Broadcasting Company) of Mikko Heiniö’s composition “April Evenings for Black Twins,” which they had previously premiered.
Tuukka Vähätalo will be performing in the concert “King, Preacher, and Peasant” at Leppävirta Church on July 27 at 19:00.