Karri Luhtala grew up in Hyvinkää, Finland. He graduated from Frosinone Jazz Music Academy in Italy in March 2014 with a First Class Hons Masters Degree.
He began his piano studies at Hyvinkää Music School in 1989. He then studied for two years at The Metropolia Academy of Helsinki. In 2005 he spent one year in Belgium to fulfil the Erasmus exchange programme at Ghent Music Conservatory.
Through the years he has performed in many diffrent groups in Finland, Belgium, United Kingdom and Italy. In his homeland he formed “Trio Mäihä” and featured on YLE TV2 program called Summeri for five consevcutive seasons. While in Belgium he played with a vibrafonist Pieter Claus and Finnish-Belgian Jazz Collision at Music Village jazzclub in Brussels. In the United Kingdom, he performed several times at Ronnie Scotts upstairs jazzclub in London with Renato D´Aiello. In Italy Karri Luhtala has worked as a jazzmusician and freelancer in many diffrent groups, in theatre and on RAI 2 national television. For two consecutive years in 2010 and 2011 he created and organised “Contigliano in Jazz” festival near Rieti in Italy.
With his piano trio, he was awarded top artist recognition at various international jazz contests in Italy such as Roma Jazz Festival 2011, Atina Jazz Winter 2011 and Pori Jazz 2012. Other relevant events include various performances at the Alexanderplatz in Rome, the oldest and most famous Italian jazzclub.
In 2010 he recorded the album with his quartet “Her Blame” and in 2012 “Konkurssi Records”, a finnish record label, published his Rinaldi-Luhtala Jazz Project album “Terranova” which was received with great interest by the Finnish and Italian press. In 2012 Karri makes an important contribution as a pianist, arranger and songwriter to the Eco Logic World album with PASTICHE Melting Pot Music published by BALLON CONTACT MUSIC UK. He regularly plays with the band in Pop and Jazz festivals around Europe.
In 2007 Karri Luhtala had the incredible idea to bring an amazing variety of international artists into his original Finnish project “Il Mondo Di Karri” , which translates from Italian as Karri’s World. Taking an array of Finnish venues by surprise, he has created a new performance genre tailored around his Hammond organ and Jazz piano skills. Indeed almost every week in the last four years a new formation of top Jazz players have been colouring music around Karri in unimaginable ways and enthused many audiences all over Finland and its capital Helsinki, bridging the gap between Karri’s beloved European cultures thus bringing to light a huge diversity of quality artists in the world of Jazz.