Risto Pulkkinen


  • Music school of Central Ostrobothnia, teacher Kauko Laukkonen
  • Sibelius Academy from 1973 to 1976, master's degree in percussion
  • Royal Northern College of Music Manchester England, teachers Ian Wright and Heather Corbert
  • Other teachers Rainer Kuisma, Michael Rosen (USA) and John Blade (England)
  • First to graduate as diploma percussionist from the Sibelius Academy in 1983


  • Pori symphony orchestra, Principal percussionist from 1977-1979
  • Turku philharmonic orchestra, Associate Principal percussionist from 1979 till present
  • Teacher in Pori music school, Turku conservatory and Turku Arts Academy up till 2008, a considerable amount of former students play in various professional orchestras
  • Performed as soloist and in chamber/solo concerts with Pori Sinfonietta, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Turku Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra Dux, youth orchestra Vivo, music summer camps
  • Played on more than 20 recordings


  • Risto Pulkkinen is the founder and conductor of Kroustikon, a percussion group that has been active for over 20 years
  • Performs contemporary Finnish percussion music and has premiered several works
  • Performed at the Viitasaari Musiikin aika -festival in 1998 and was invited the same year to play at the biggest percussion festival in the world, Pasic 98 (Orlando, USA)
  • Piano concerto No. 7 by Mikko Heini√∂ was premiered and played 12 times in collaboration with dance theater ERI in 2001
  • Khora was reperformed in a concert held together with the percussion group Kroumata in 2002 and at the Musicanova festival in Helsinki in 2003. At the Turku music festival it was performed in a concert that also showcased Tan Dun's Snow in June, Concerto for Cello and Percussion
  • The CD Sigyn-Percussion was released in 1999


  • Includes methods, solo pieces, chamber music and orchestral works
  • Stylistically mainly based on pulsative harmony and strong melody
  • Currently focused on composing large-scale works for orchestra
  • Most of the works (at present over one hundred) have been premiered and often played in concerts in Finland and abroad

Website: www.ristopulkkinen.com