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Pekka Pylkkanen


Born in Helsinki, Finland, on September 23rd, 1964. At age 4 started to listen intensively to records that his father brought from his business trips abroad, consisting of New Orleans jazz, musical show soundtracks and big band and Latin-American music. Started to play piano at age 6, but had to stop it after a while because of a change of the school.

Finally picked up the clarinet at age 10 and at 12 got his first alto sax. Played in the school’s orchestra and big bands, later on also in jazz and funk groups. Started the musical studies at the Pop and Jazz Institute, later on got into the Pop and Jazz Conservatory which led further to studies at the Sibelius Academy.

Spent one year studying in the Netherlands, at the Rotterdams’ Conservatory.

Studied privately in the US with David Liebman, also with Bob Mintzer, Bob Sheppard, Gary Keller, Dick Oatts. Lessons also with Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Brookmeyer, Tim Hagans, Richie Perry, Jukka Perko, Jukkis Uotila, Thomas Franck,


Final concert at the Sibelius Academy, year 1996

Master’s Degree from the Sibelius Academy, year 2001

Extra studies in Sibelius Academy, from 2003 on

Degree in Education, University of Helsinki, year 2005

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