Perttu Kivilaakso

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Perttu Kivilaakso
Kivilaakso at the 2018 at "Drive With Full Force" festival in Ferropolis, Germany
Kivilaakso at the 2018 at "Drive With Full Force" festival in Ferropolis, Germany
Background information
Birth namePerttu Päivö Kullervo Kivilaakso
Born (1978-05-11) May 11, 1978 (age 44)
OriginHelsinki, Finland
GenresGothic metal, symphonic metal
Occupation(s)Musician, Composer
Perttu Kivilaakso performing with Apocalyptica at the Ilosaarirock, 2009

Perttu Päivö Kullervo Kivilaakso (born May 11, 1978) is a cello player for Finnish band Apocalyptica.[1] Like fellow band members Eicca Toppinen and Paavo Lötjönen, he attended Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.[2][3] He plays a German 19th century cello; he started playing the cello when he was 5 years old[4] and joined Apocalyptica for their third studio album Cult.[5] Kivilaakso played in Apocalyptica's 1995 line up, but he was concentrating on his studies when the band began their professional career. At the end of 1999 he came back,[5] switching places with Antero Manninen, who then went to play in a classical orchestra.


Kivilaakso won third place in the second International Paulo Cello Competition in 1996 at age 18.[6] Shortly afterward, he attained a lifetime chair in the Helsinki Philharmonic orchestra,[5] where his father, Juhani,[7] is also a cellist. He was on indefinite leave while touring with Apocalyptica, but left for good in 2007.

Kivilaakso has also composed music for the video game Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, a few documentary films, as well as many original compositions for Apocalyptica, including "Conclusion,"[8] "Farewell"[9] and "Beautiful."[10]

His first opera, composed with his Apocalyptica bandmate Eicca Toppinen, was premiered at the Finnish National Opera on 22 January 2016. The opera, entitled Indigo, tells "a story of an omnipotent, multinational company and a search for happiness."[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

As of late 2019, Kivilaakso was living with his wife and a dog. They have no children.[13]


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Apocalyptica". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 June 2010.
  2. ^ Interview with Mikko and Eicca for 2007
  3. ^ "コンブチャクレンズ 口コミ 飲み方 嘘 – Just another WordPress site". Archived from the original on 22 January 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  4. ^ youtube interactive interview
  5. ^ a b c [1] Archived 6 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ [2] Archived 6 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Juhani Kivilaakso". Archived from the original on 11 June 2011.
  8. ^ Reflections CD booklet
  9. ^ Apocalyptica CD booklet
  10. ^ 7th Symphony CD booklet
  11. ^ "New works commissioned by The Finnish National Opera and the Finnish National Ballet". Music Finland. 17 November 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  12. ^ "APOCALYPTICA's PERTTU KIVILAAKSO And EICCA TOPPINEN Create 'Indigo' Opera". 13 November 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  13. ^ Darialys (3 January 2020). "APOCALYPTICA (NOVEMBER 2019)". Music Waves. Retrieved 20 January 2020.

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