Ukko Pietilä (born 1996) began his music studies when he was seven at the East Helsinki Music Institute. He spent his first three years there actually playing the recorder while he waited for his permanent teeth to appear. He took up the oboe when he was nine. Pietilä then left the Institute to become a pupil of Jorma Valjakka in the Sibelius Academy Youth Department, before moving on to his current seat of learning, the Berlin University of the Arts, where his teacher is Washington Barella. He has in addition attended numerous masterclasses, the very first of which was Nicholas Daniel’s course at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival. Pietilä has performed as soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Sibelius Academy Youth Department Orchestra. He was also guest principal oboe with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2016. He gained some experience of competitions in the Crusell International Oboe Competition in 2014. At present he spends his time in Berlin facing up to adulthood and suffering endless reed crises. Pietilä is in the Young Chamber Musicians programme.