Born in Tampere, Finland, Tuomo Uusitalo started to play piano at the age of 6. Just few years later, influenced by classical composers, he started to compose pieces for small ensembles. As a teenager he played different types of music and soon became fascinated by Jazz and the thrilling possiblities of spontaneous improvisation. While studying music in Graz, Austria, Tuomo already had the chance to work and perform with many notable musicians, including Billy Hart, Jimmy Cobb, Jim Rotondi, Riccardo del Fra, Wayne Darling, Juan Garcia-Herreros, Howard Curtis, Stjepko Gut, Charlie Miklin and many others. Since 2007 Tuomo has played and toured all around Europe (Finland, Estonia, United Kingdom, Germany, Holland, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Italy) as solo pianist and with various ensembles ranging from Piano Trio to Big Bands. “TRIO” is his sparkling 2012 debut CD. The album won the Downbeat Student Music Award in 2012 for the Best Small Jazz Group. At the same year he also won the same price for the Best Latin Group (Marco Antonio Da Costa Group). Tuomo is currently residing in New York City.
Web site: www.myspace.com/tuomouusitalo