Valkeajoki, Janne

Janne Valkeajoki is an accordionist and conductor from Finland. He studied accordion and conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg, and in 2021–22 was a participant at the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra’s Conductor’s Academy with Paavo Järvi. In 2015 Valkeajoki won the Arrasate Hiria accordion competition in Spain, one of the most prestigious accordion competitions in the world.

His deep commitment to contemporary music has led Valkeajoki to premiere solo works and concertos by renowned composers such as Magnus Lindberg, Kalevi Aho, Viera Janárčeková, Sebastian Hilli and Aulis Sallinen, and performed as a soloist with the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Lappeenranta City Orchestra, St. Michel Strings, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Saimaa Sinfonietta and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra among others. He has played and/or conducted at many festivals in Europe, such as the Musica Nova Helsinki, Tage der Neuen Musik Bamberg, Acht Brücken in Cologne, International Organ Week in Nuremberg, Musica Kalevi Aho in Forssa and Our Festival by Lake Tuusula in Finland. Janne Valkeajoki is the artistic director of the Kumaus chamber music festival in Lappeenranta Finland.