I came out as a full time freelance musician in 1999. Since then I have had the pleasure of playing over 1500 gigs at concert halls, festivals, theatre productions and music clubs. I've played on dozens of albums and recorded nearly a hundred original tapes for the Finnish Broadcasting Company. You can also hear me on several television and radio commercials and in the background of numerous movies and TV productions.
Lute, ukulele, banjo, mandolin and guitar are among the many instruments with strings attached that I have meddled with! I perform regularly on my own, as a soloist, a chamber musician and with various groups and theatre productions.
I have had the privilege to work repeatedly with some of Finland's leading orchestras and ensembles. These include for example The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonia, Tapiola Sinfonietta and the contemporary music collective Avanti! Having the lute and the baroque guitar in my regular arsenal has given me the chance to frequent the lines of both the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and the Finnish Baroque Orchestra. I have also played with various different Finnish folk/jazz music ensembles.
I have been regularly invited to perform in the active music festival scene in Finland and have toured in Scandinavia, England, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Russia and Turkey.
As a composer I have collaborated with several Finnish poets, especially with my group Tekijä Tuntematon (Author Unknown). We released two albums during 2003-2010 and gave dozens of concerts together with the authors. I´ve also composed a lot of music for stage. An operetta based on an absurdist Finnish comic strip about the relationship of a woman and a pig (Viivi and Wagner) had its opening night during Finland´s biggest festival Helsinki Festival in 2006 and in the 2008 season Helsinki City Theatre performed Raimo Reiska Raksa, a musical play for children.
Since the playing and the composing doesn't keep me busy enough, I also teach at the Sibelius Academy and worked as an musical advisor for the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture years 2012-2015.