Born in 1956 in Hameenlinna, Finland, pianist and conductor Erkki Korhonen graduated from the Sibelius academy in 1983. Continuing his studies in piano, vocal accompaniment and conducting with such names as György Sebök, Dimitri Bashkirov, Tamas Vasary and Hartmut Höll, he specialised in opera coaching and worked under Max Epstein, Ubaldo Gardini and Alberto Zedda as well as Marc Belfort, Tamas Blum and Ralf Weikert at the Zurich Opera.
Becoming a lecturer at the renowned Sibelius Academy, from 1989-1997, Erkki Korhonen taught at numerous conservatories throughout Finland as well as coached for more than twenty years at the Finnish National Opera, the Savonlina Opera Festival, the Zurich Opera and most recently at the Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar. In 1997 he was appointed the head of the International Opera Studio in Zurich and in 2001 he became the general director of the Finnish National Opera until 2007.
Having performed as a soloist, as well as in chamber works, throughout Europe and North America, Erkki Korhonen has made several radio and television appearances. To honour his contributions to the arts, he received the Sibelius Medal from the Sibelius Society of Finland and the Medals of the cities Hämeenlinna and Helsinki.
As artistic advisor and board member of various European festivals and music organisations such as the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition, Erkki Korhonen often servs as a jury member at numerous competitions, e.g. Competizione del opera, Dresden, Queen Sonja International Music Competition, Lappeenranta singing competition, Marseille singing competition, Ernst Haefliger singing competition.