Jaska Lukkarinen (b. 1982) is known as a versatile musician who moves smoothly between different genres and styles. With his latest album, Neutral Terrain, Lukkarinen also establishes himself at the forefront of the young jazz musicians in Finland. Lukkarinen is also an active teacher and composer, and runs his own record label, Jaskaa.
Lukkarinen graduated from the Sibelius Academy in 2009. His teachers included Jukkis Uotila, Mika Kallio, Marko Timonen, Sonny Heinilä, Jukka Perko, Jarmo Savolainen and Jarno Kukkonen. Lukkarinen also studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York in 2006-2007 led by John Riley, and took private lessons from Ari Hoenig, Adam Nussbaum and Carl Allen. In Finland his most important teachers have been Sami Kuoppamäki, Kepa Kettunen and Rami Eskelinen.
Despite his young age Lukkarinen has gained a lot of international experience by playing and touring with European and American jazz musicians including Dayna Stephens, Phil Markowitz, European Youth Jazz Orchestra, Axel Schlosser and Martin Sjöstedt. Lukkarinen is also known from his work with the top Finnish folk music group Värttinä in 2000-2006. Apart from his own Trio, Lukkarinen performs with Dalindèo, Honey B & T-Bones and Jukka Eskola Quintet.
Lukkarinen has received recognition for his work by winning the Sony Jazz Price in 2008 and being named as the Artist of the Year by Pori Jazz Festival in 2009.