Biography

Pete Korpela is a Latin Grammy Award nominated percussionist.  Since moving to Los Angeles in 1997 he has gained a reputation as a versatile musician in orchestral, latin, jazz, world, rock and pop music.  A passion for excellence has paved way for Pete to continually work with many of the most successful artists, productions and musicians in the US.

The most notable touring & recording collaborations: Josh Groban (2011 & 2013 tours), Robbie Williams, The Lion King (2003-07 1st National Tour), Cirque Du Soleil, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Jesse Carmichael (Maroon 5), Melody Gardot (2012 tour), Luis Conte, Seth MacFarlane, Ron Jones and Randy Brecker. Performance venues include Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Sydney Opera House and O2 Arena (London). 

As an active studio musician he is often seen at such LA studios as Ocean Way, Capitol Records, East/West and the Village and Pete’s work can be heard on multiple award winning Assassin’s Creed 2, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations soundtracks, which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

A widely diverse background has helped Pete to become a valuable asset to many artists and contractors.  His talent has been featured at many renown TV shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen, Good Morning America, Live with Kelly, Later… with Jools Holland, Dancing with the Stars, America’s Got Talent and PBS Presents: Jackie Evancho. Pete has also co-operated with various productions as a Musical Director, such as Cirque du Soleil (Xbox 360 Kinect gaming console TV special, 2010) and benefits with the Cast of the Lion King (Broadway Cares Christmas Concert, 2013 & Cabaret for a Cure, 2014.)

Collaboration with Pearl Percussion led to an innovative new design called “The Jingle Cajon” which won a DRUM magazine’sDrummie” award (2010).  Pete regularly performs clinics for Pearl Percussion at Sam Ash music stores and prestigious universities (such as Eastman School of Music). Another design of Pete’s is critically acclaimed “Shaker Pandeiro” which he designed for Cooperman Co.He has also appeared at the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) convention in Louisville, K.Y. (2003). As a humanitarian Pete has showcased at many Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS benefits, an industry fundraising initiative to assist those living with HIV/AIDS. 

Pete studied orchestral and hand percussion extensively at Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki (1994-97) and at the Los Angeles Music Academy (1997-98). Privately he has studied studio and orchestral percussion with Don Williams, Emil Richards, Joe Porcaro and Michael FisherHis ethnic percussion teachers include Lenny Castro, Luis Conte, Kevin Ricard, Michito Sanchez, Glen Velez, Jerry Steinholtz and John Bergamo.

 

 

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