born 1976, Alahärmä, Finland
Veli Kujala gained his Master of Music degree at the Sibelius Academy in 2004 with highest honors. He is a prize-winner of many international soloist and concert accordion competitions, including first prize in the International Lasse Pihlajamaa Competition in Tampere 2001 and fourth prize in the International Gaudeamus Competition for interpreters of new music in Rotterdam 2001. As a composer he has also been awarded second prize in the international composition contest organized by the London Accordion Festival in 2001 and the public prize in the Brussels Jazz Orchestra Composition Contest in 2003.
He has performed as a soloist with ensembles including the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Avanti!, the Kymi Sinfonietta and the Pori Sinfonietta. He plays regularly in the latin jazz band Pipoka, the experimental jazz group Gourmet and the Pekka Pohjola Band. As an arranger he has worked with Finnish National Opera and in many different music theatre productions. He has performed in numerous festivals in almost all European countries and in the USA. Veli Kujala has worked with contemporary composers such as Kalevi Aho, Pekka Pohjola, Vesa Valkama, Tomi Räisänen, Uljas Pulkkis and Lauri Toivio to widen the concert accordion repertoire.
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