Janne Valkeajoki (b. 1992 in Finland) is one of the most interesting and promising musicians of the young generation of classical accordion players.
Janne has performed widely in Finland and in Europe both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. He has performed in many festivals including the Acht Brücken Cologne, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, International Organ Festival of Nuremberg, Days of New Music Bamberg, The Night of New Music Munich, Oulu Music Festival, Kauniainen Music Festival, Musica nova Helsinki and the Helsinki Chamber Summer Festival. He has also given recitals and concerts at the accordion festivals of Vilnius, Kokkola and Ikaalinen among others. He has appeared as a soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lappeenranta City Orchestra, St. Michel Strings and the Symphony Orchestra of the Sibelius Academy among others and with such conductors as Hannu Lintu, Jaakko Kuusisto, Vytautas Lukocius and Sian Edwards. In March 2018 Valkeajoki played the world premiere of a new solo accordion piece ”Accordion Jubilees” by Magnus Lindberg at the Helsinki Music Center, in a concert that was radio broadcast by Finnish Broadcasting Company.
In 2015 Valkeajoki won the the renowned international XXIII Arrasate Hiria accordion competition in Spain with distinction. Moreover he also was awarded the prize for the best interpretation of the compulsory piece by Sofia Gubaidulina. Among his other achievements can be mentioned a first prize in the national youth accordion competition “Nuori Virtuoosi” in 2005 and a third prize at the 2010 edition of the international Arrasate Hiria accordion competition in Spain, that time being the youngest competitor of the competition.
Janne has studied at the Sibelius Academy with Matti Rantanen, Heidi Velamo and Veli Kujala and currently he is doing his postgraduate (Meisterklasse) diploma at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg in the class of professor Stefan Hussong.
In addition to accordion Valkeajoki started his studies in orchestral conducting at the age of 14 at the Sibelius Academy with the professor Jorma Panula. During his studies he has conducted the Kuopio, Seinäjoki and Joensuu City Orchestras, Jyväskylä Sinfonietta, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Hofer and Nürnberger Symphoniker among others. He did his masters in orchestral conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg in the class of professor Ari Rasilainen
Valkeajoki is co-artistic director for Nordlyd (Oslo, Norway) and Kumaus (Lappeenranta, Finland) festivals.