Pianist, theatre musician and composer JUKKA NYKÄNEN began his piano studies with Kata Nummi at the Espoo Music Institute and went on to study with Teppo Koivisto at the Sibelius Academy, graduating with a M.Mus. degree in 2004. In addition to working at the Finnish National Opera, the Helsinki City Theatre, the Finnish National Theatre and the Swedish Theatre in Helsinki, he is known for performances at the Helsinki Festival, the Espoo International Piano Week, the Kuhmo Chamber Music festival and the Turku Music Festival. He also appears on TV as a commentator in concert broadcasts of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Nykänen has appeared as soloist with the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra and the Vantaa Pops Orchestra and has released two solo albums, one of which was voted by the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper as one of its Discs of the Year. In 2014, he was awarded the Suomi Prize by the Ministry of Education and Culture.