Korpela, Pete

Los Angeles Studio Percussionist


Pete Korpela is a Latin Grammy Award nominated percussionist.  Since moving to Los Angeles in 1997 he has gained a reputation as a versatile musician in orchestral, latin, jazz, world, rock and pop music.  A passion for excellence has paved way for Pete to continually work with many of the most successful artists, productions and musicians in the US.

The most notable touring & recording collaborations: Josh Groban (2011 & 2013 tours),Robbie WilliamsThe Lion King (2003-07 1st National Tour), Cirque Du SoleilBen Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Jesse Carmichael (Maroon 5), Melody Gardot (2012 tour),Luis ConteSeth MacFarlaneRon Jones and Randy Brecker. Performance venues includeMadison Square GardenLincoln CenterHollywood BowlRed Rocks Amphitheatre,Sydney Opera House and O2 Arena (London). 

As an active studio musician he is often seen at such LA studios as Ocean WayCapitol RecordsEast/West and the Village and Pete’s work can be heard on multiple award winning Assassin’s Creed 2Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations soundtracks, which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

A widely diverse background has helped Pete to become a valuable asset to many artists and contractors.  His talent has been featured at many renown TV shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay LenoConan O’BrienJimmy KimmelEllenGood Morning AmericaLive with KellyLater… with Jools HollandDancing with the StarsAmerica’s Got Talent and PBS Presents: Jackie Evancho. Pete has also co-operated with various productions as a Musical Director, such as Cirque du Soleil (Xbox 360 Kinect gaming console TV special, 2010) and benefits with the Cast of the Lion King (Broadway Cares Christmas Concert, 2013 & Cabaret for a Cure, 2014.)

Collaboration with Pearl Percussion led to an innovative new design called “The Jingle Cajon” which won a DRUM magazine’s “Drummie” award (2010).  Pete regularly performs clinics for Pearl Percussion at Sam Ash music stores and prestigious universities (such asEastman School of Music). Another design of Pete’s is critically acclaimed “Shaker Pandeiro” which he designed for Cooperman Co.He has also appeared at the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) convention in Louisville, K.Y. (2003). As a humanitarian Pete has showcased at many Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS benefits, an industry fundraising initiative to assist those living with HIV/AIDS. 

Pete studied orchestral and hand percussion extensively at Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki (1994-97) and at the Los Angeles Music Academy (1997-98). Privately he has studied studio and orchestral percussion with Don WilliamsEmil RichardsJoe Porcaro andMichael Fisher. His ethnic percussion teachers include Lenny CastroLuis ConteKevin RicardMichito SanchezGlen VelezJerry Steinholtz and John Bergamo.