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09 May

Pete Korpela performs with Josh Groban

Pete Korpela is a percussionist born and raised in Finland. He has studied orchestral and hand percussion extensively at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and in 1997-1998 at the Los Angeles Music Academy. Privately Mr. Korpela has studied studio and orchestral percussion with Don Williams, Emil Richards, Joe Porcaro and Michael Fisher. His ethnic percussion teachers include Lenny Castro, Luis Conte, Kevin Ricard, Michito Sanchez, Glen Velez, Jerry Steinholtz and John Bergamo. Mr. Korpela toured for over three years throughout the United States with 1st National Tour of the Tony award winning Walt Disney’s The Lion King both as a marimbist and featured on-stage percussionist.

While traveling he organized and performed clinics for Pearl Percussion at many prestigious universities, art and cultural events and at the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) convention in Louisville, K.Y. In addition he was showcased at many Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS benefits, an industry fundraising initiative to assist those living with HIV/AIDS.

Pete Korpela is an accomplished musician in orchestral, latin, jazz, world, rock, and pop music. He has performed live and/or recorded with Alphonso Johnson, Jimmy Haslip, Sam Most, Dave Carpenter, Greg Poree, Octavio Bailly, Bernie Dresel, Ken Wild, Gary Herbig, Randy Brecker, Perla Batalla, Peter Kater, Lenny Castro, Virgil Donati, John Ferraro, Don Randi and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Korpela has appeared internationally in Canada, Japan, China, Europe, Scandinavia and the Philippines.

Currently Pete Korpela lives with his wife and two goofy dogs in Los Angeles. Besides working with world-renowned musicians he leads his own Brazilian jazz group.