Bio

Accordionist Matti Pulkki is an active and enthusiastic performer of contemporary and experimental repertoire. Often performing with different chamber groups and ensembles, Pulkki seeks to explore and extending the technical and acoustic possibilities of his instrument in the music written in our time.

Since his debut recital at the Helsinki Music Center in 2018, Pulkki has made appearances on international festivals, such as the Reedblocks Festival in Thessaloniki, Greece, and performed recitals around Europe and North America. He has also been featured as a soloist by ensembles and orchestras such as NYKY Ensemble and Ensemble contemporain de Montréal.

Recently Pulkki has been focusing especially in collaborating with composers, and has actively commissioned new music featuring accordion. He frequently holds lecture-recitals about his instrument and its possibilities for composers at international festivals and universities around Europe and North America. Although Pulkki performs mostly original music written for accordion, he also arranges and transcribes music from a wide range of global styles and enjoys working as a creative artist and musician on diverse projects from interdisciplinary productions to music theatre and opera.

Toronto-based Pulkki holds a Master’s degree from the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki and is currently pursuing his doctorate at the University of Toronto under the guidance of professor Joseph Macerollo. His doctoral research focuses on the collaborative processes between composers and instrumentalists.

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