Composer, conductor and performing musician Jukka Linkola was born in Helsinki in 1955. From the beginning his most important instrument and a tool of work has been the piano. He studied at the Sibelius Academy and already during his student years he worked as a rehearsal pianist at the Helsinki City Theatre where he later worked also as a conductor in 1975-1990.
Jazz plays an important part in Linkola's production. His octet was in its time one of the most significant groups of Finnish jazz. Linkola has conducted many big bands, for example UMO (Orchestra of New Music), the big band of EBU, the big band of the Danish Radio and Bohuslšn Big Band. Linkola has taught in projects for example at Berklee College of Music, the world famous music institute in Boston.
Linkola has composed a lot of stage music, operas and music for plays and films. The opera Elin in 1991 was a big stage work. The television opera Angelika in 1992 was more like an oratory. Angelika was awarded at Paris Opera Screen competition in 1992 and in 1993 it was chosen the best at Cannes Midem Awards. The third opera of Linkola is called Matka (A Journey) and it was premiered in 1998.
Linkola likes to compose for symphony and chamber orchestras or for big jazz orchestras and he often uses soloists with orchestras. Examples of these works are Crossings for tenor saxophone and orchestra in 1983, Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in 1988 and Trumpet Concerto II in 1993. The latest concertos are Flute Concerto (1997), Euphonium Concerto (1995) Tuba Concerto (1995), Organ Concerto (2000) and Horn Concerto (2000).
In recent years Linkola has composed several choral works for instance Evoe and English Series for YL (Helsinki University Male chorus) and Primitive Music for Tapiola Choir.
Conducting his own works Linkola has performed with The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Finnish national Opera, the Opera of Gothenburg, Radio Orchestras of Ljubljana and Prague and the Orchestra of Aalborg.
Linkola has received several awards for his works. So far he has published about 35 recordings. His whole production including operas, musicals, orchestra concertos, chamber music, songs and jazz for various combinations is immense.