Olli-Pekka Koivunen graduated as Master of Art at the Theatre Academy of Finland 2014 . He has worked at the Hämeenlinna City Theatre and the Finnish National Opera as Head of lighting since 1994 and as a lighting designer since 2000.
Olli-Pekka Koivunen has designed the lighting for numerous theatre and opera productions, as well as for several contemporary dance works from the Finnish National Ballet, including work from such choreographers as Per Jonsson, Jorma Uotinen, Sami Saikkonen, Marilena Fontoura, Tero Saarinen, George Balanchine, Glen Tetley, Susanna Leinonen, Virpi Pahkinen, Marjo Kuusela and Jorma Elo. Koivunen also designed the lighting on Maximiliano Guerra’s production of the Don Quijote ballet for the Stuttgart Ballet and Javier Torres’ Sleeping Beauty for the Prague National Theatre in 2012. Latest work was for Finnish National Ballet Beauty and the Beast, choreographer by Javier Torres.
As a result of the reconstruction of the Finnish National Opera in 2007, he gained access to state-off-the-art technology, such as design and lighting scenes using 3D, Wysiwyg or MA desk lighting. He is very interested in all theatre forms, and he enjoys working with theatrical and visual means of expression and looking at ways to develop them further.
Olli-Pekka Koivunen will be speaking about Virtual Baubrobe together with Norwegian Opera and Ballet’s Tommy Ingebretsen on Friday at 9:30.