The finnish composer JUKKA-PEKKA LEHTO (1958) acquired the degree in military musicanship from the Finnish Navy Band in Turku. He studied flute at the Turku Conservatory and acquired higher education at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
He has improved his professional skills by attending many international masterclasses.
Lehto has been working as a flutist of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. He has conducted the local orchestras of western Finland region and has been the artistic leader of the Crusell Music Week; a festival of wind instrument competitions, masterclasses and concerts.
In 1987 Lehto bacame the solo flutist of the Pori Sinfonietta Orchestra. Since then, he has been performing and teaching masterclasses in Finland, in Europe and in the USA.
As from the end of the eighties, Lehto devoted himself more and more to composition. Initially he mostly composed «easy listening» music but he gradually began adopting a more refined, modernistic musical language. Since 1999 he is a member of the Finnish Composers Society.
Lehto was considering himself longtime as a self-educated composer. However, he gradually attended masterclasses of composition. His main educator until these days has been Lauri Kilpiö (Sibelius Academy, Helsinki). Lehto`s compositions have been performed in the USA, Japan and in many European countries. They received international awards: the 1st prize in Spain 2009 (international composition competition «Ciutat de Betera») and the 1st prize in Riga, Latvia (int.c.c. «Windstream 2014»).
Lehto is renowned for his flute and wind instrument compositions but has nowadays also addressed the genres of symphonic, chamber and vocal music.