Pete Korpela is an accomplished musician in orchestral, latin, jazz, world, rock, and pop music. He has worked with Alphonso Johnson, Jimmy Haslip, Luis Conte, Seth MacFarlane, Ron Jones, and Randy Brecker. Pete has also collaborated with Lenny Castro, Dave Carpenter, Virgil Donati, and Don Randi. He has appeared internationally in Canada, Japan, China, Europe, Scandinavia and the Philippines.
Pete toured for over three years throughout the United States with 1st National Tour of the Tony award winning Walt Disney’s The Lion King both as a marimbist and featured on-stage percussionist. While traveling he organized and performed clinics for Pearl Percussion at many prestigious universities, art and cultural events and at the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) convention in Louisville, K.Y. In addition he was showcased at many Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS benefits, an industry fundraising initiative to assist those living with HIV/AIDS.
Pete’s work can be heard on an award winning “Assassin’s Creed 2” soundtrack, which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
In June 2010 Pete performed with Cirque du Soleil as a musical director and lead drummer in a nationally televised project presenting the new “Xbox 360 Kinect” gaming console
Two instruments designed by Pete are presently in worldwide distribution: The “Drummie” award winning “Jingle Cajon“ by Pearl drums and the critically acclaimed “Shaker Pandeiro” by Cooperman.
Born and raised in Finland, Pete has studied orchestral and hand percussion extensively at the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki and in1997-98 at the Los Angeles Music Academy. Privately he has studied studio and orchestral percussion with Don Williams, Emil Richards, Joe Porcaro and Michael Fisher. His ethnic percussion teachers include Lenny Castro, Luis Conte, Kevin Ricard, Michito Sanchez, Glen Velez, Jerry Steinholtz and John Bergamo.