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Paavo Lötjönen

Paavo Lötjönen
Background information
Born (1968-07-29) 29 July 1968
Origin Kuopio, Finland
Genres Cello metal
Symphonic metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Cello

Paavo Lötjönen (born 29 July 1968) is a cello player for Finnish band Apocalyptica.[1] Paavo comes from a family where both of his parents were professional musicians.[2] At the age of 6,[3] he took a cello and decided that would be the instrument he would play all his life. Like fellow band members Perttu Kivilaakso and Eicca Toppinen he attended Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

20 years later, Paavo got his "Solist Cellist" diploma at the Sibelius Academy and shortly after began to work as a cello teacher in music schools. He played in the "Finnish National Opera" as well. He plays a Gulbrandt Enger cello (1882) with a R. Wainio bow.

Apart from his work with Apocalyptica he is a cello teacher and a skiing instructor. He also enjoys parachute-diving, windsurfing and water skiing.[4]

Lötjönen is married to a lawyer[4] and has three children, sons Okko (born 2003) and Aki (born 2006) and daughter Anna (born 2007).


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography: Apocalyptica". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Knost, Angie (13 October 2010). "Interview With Paavo Lötjönen Of Apocalyptica". St. Louis Music Press. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Youtube interactive interview". 5 August 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Ullmann, Carina (December 2005). "Interview with Paavo Lotjonen (translated from German)". Retrieved 20 August 2011. 

External links

  • Photos of Paavo Lotjonen
  • Interviews with Paavo Lotjonen

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