Born in 1990, Lauri Kankkunen started playing the cello when he was just five years old, continuing his studies at the Tampere Music Conservatory, where his teachers were Kaarle Husgafvel and Pauli Heikkinen. Presently he is studying at the Sibelius Academy under Professor Martti Rousi and in Oslo at the Norwegian Academy of Music as a pupil of Professor Truls Mørk. Kankkunen has taken part in masterclasses led by David Geringas, Gary Hoffman, Ivan Monighetti, Frans Helmerson and Menahem Pressler. He came third in the Turku Cello Competition in 2014 and entered for the International Paulo Cello Competition in 2013. Kankkunen has performed as soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Turku Philharmonic and the Lappeenranta City Orchestra and played chamber music at several festivals. He is principal cellist with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. Kankkunen plays a Gand cello from 1854.
Kankkunen is in the Young Chamber Musicians programme.