Percussionist JERRY PIIPPONEN was born in Lahti and now lives in Helsinki. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music and at the Sibelius Academy. He was a member of the Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera from 2016 to 2018 and then went on to play Deputy Principal Percussion with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Alongside his orchestral duties, Piipponen is a founding member of the Awake Percussion quartet and the Kaaos Ensemble, which consists of flute, sax, guitar and percussion. He is also active as an administrator, for instance as chair of the Percussionists’ Chamber Music Society and deputy chair of the Orchestra Committee of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Beyond music and administrative duties, he enjoys triathlon and renovating his 1940s house.

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