The finnish composer JUKKA-PEKKA LEHTO (1958) acquired the degree in military musicanship from the Finnish Navy Band in Turku, studied flute at the Turku Conservatory and acquired higher education at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He has improved his professional skills at many international mastercourses.

Lehto has been working as a flutist of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, has conducted the local orchestras of western Finland region and been the artistic leader of the Crusell Music Week- a festival of wind instrument competitions, masterclasses and concerts.

1987 Lehto bacame the solo flutist of the Pori Sinfonietta Orchestra. He has been active in performance career and in giving courses and classes overall in Finland, in Europe and USA.

In the end of 1980`s Lehto began composing more in earnest-initially in the genre of "easy listening" music but gradually adopting more refined and sophisticated musical expression. Since 1999 he is a member of the Finnish Composers Society. Lehto`s compositions have been performed in USA, Japan and many European countries and they have received international awards, as the 1st prize in Spain 2009 (international composition competition "Ciutat de Betera") and 1st prize in Riga, Latvia (int.c.c. "Windstream 2014"). Lehto is reowned for his flute and wind instrument compositions but has nowadays also addressed the genres of symphonic, chamber and vocal music.

photo: Tommi Kolunen