Juho Alakärppä (b. 1983) is one of the most sought-after young Lied pianists in Finland. He was debuting as a Lied pianist at the Helsinki Festival, the biggest music festival in Finland and has appeared abroad at the Vienna Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, Oxford Festival of the Arts, Oslo Opera and Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, among others.
Alakärppä studied piano music, chamber music and Lied interpretation at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and at the universities of Cologne, Munich and Vienna with professors Liisa Pohjola, Ulrich Rademacher, Gerold Huber and Charles Spencer. His song interpretation has been awarded in several competitions in his home country. Together with baritone Aarne Pelkonen he won prizes in Das Lied – International Song Competition in Berlin and in International Student Lied-Duo Competition in Enschede, Netherlands.
He has made many recordings for the Finnish national broadcasting company YLE, songs by Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Hugo Wolf, Edvard Grieg, Jean Sibelius and Arnold Schönberg for instance, and appeared in live broadcasts in Germany. As a founding member, he is actively engaged in the Lied Academy of Finland. Currently he is also working as a senior lecturer of chamber music and accompaniment in the Centria University of Applied Sciences in Kokkola.
The Finnish Culture foundation, Selim Eskelin foundation and Tellervo and Juuso Walden foundation have supported his doings in the field of arts.
Juho Alakärppä and his wife live with their three children in Kokkola, in Central Finland.