Composer, musician, Professor of Arts Timo Alakotila is one of the most in-demand musicians in Finland. His fascinating touch at the keyboard of the harmonium and piano has been heard in the programs of countless ensembles. His talent as a composer and arranger is known and appreciated internationally over the genres.
Now, after working for years with other bands, he has jumped to a new adventure and released his first solo album. The official release was in March 2016 when Timo Alakotila had the premiere for a solo concert in Tokyo, Japan.
Timo Alakotila graduted in 1992 from Helsinki Pop Jazz Conservatory. He majored in composing. His huge variety of compositions consists of concertos, musicals, dance performances and numerous arrangements. Alakotila’s primary ensembles are currently Maria Kalaniemi/ Timo Alakotila, JPP, Nordik Tree, duo May Monday with Karen Tweed (UK), Tango Orchestra Unto, Pianoilla-duo, Psalttamus and T for Three.
He has composed and arranged music for: Värttinä, Hannu Ilmolahti, Järvelän Näppärit, Tsuumi dance group, Hannu Kella, female vocal group Kaira, vocal group Rajaton, Japanese singer HaLo, British singer Bill Jones, Finnish group Vissinki, BBC Concert Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Pori Sinfonietta, Finnish opera singer Jorma Hynninen, Tempera String Quartet, UMO Jazz Orchestra, SAMA Folk Baroque Ensemble among others.
Alakotila teaches at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, at Limerick University, Viljandi Culture College and both Joensuu and Kokkola University of Applied Sciences. He has worked on over two hundred albums as an artistic producer, musician, composer or arrager. He has developed a method for improvisation in folk music.Timo Alakotila has received the title “Professor of Arts” in 2011 and he is currently on his third consecutive five-year composer’s grant from the Finnish Government.