CV – Tomi Satomaa

Tomi Satomaa began his musical training at the Espoo Music Institute and with his father, Tauno Satomaa, in the Candomino Choir. He went on to study at the Sibelius Academy with Kari Jussila (organ), Annikka Konttori-Gustafsson (piano) and Pekka Suikkanen (improvisation). He completed a Master of Music degree at the Sibelius Academy in both Church Music (2007) and Musical Performance (2012). He has also attended numerous masterclasses in Finland and abroad (J. van Oortmerssen, L. Lohmann, O.Porthan, H. Schiager, etc.). Tomi Satomaa has given solo recitals at the Organ Night and Aria festival in Espoo, at the Lahti International Organ Week and in the summer concert series of the Helsinki Music Centre and Sibelius Hall in Lahti, and he has also performed abroad in Germany, Italy, Hungary and Russia. The cornerstones of his repertoire are the music of J.S. Bach and organ music of the 20th and 21st centuries. He has also given several performances of dramatised versions of Job by Petr Eben and the children’s organ fairy tale Kun valas hotkaisi Joonan… [When the whale swallowed Jonah] by Veli Kujala.

Tomi Satomaa is employed as a church organist at the Finnish-speaking parish of Länsi-Turunmaa in south-western Finland and as an organ teacher at the Arkipelagi Music Institute. He also continues to perform widely. He has been active in developing organ instruction for beginners in Finland in recent years and is in demand as a lecturer in organ pedagogy. In 2015, he made recordings for the Finnish Broadcasting Company and also recorded material for his début album. Tomi Satomaa conducts the Parainen Vocal Ensemble, which he founded in 2011 and whose repertoire includes music by Buxtehude, Schütz and Pärt. In 2016, Tomi Satomaa was elected chairman of the Organum Society, the oldest organ society in the Nordic countries.