Joel Laakso is the principal cellist of The Royal Danish Orchestra.
He has performed widely around most of the European countries, as well as in the USA, South America, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Australia.
Joel has received prizes in several cello and chamber music competitions, winning a piano trio competition in Savonlinna at 2000 together with his sister, pianist Anna Laakso, and violinist Maija Linkola.
As a soloist he has performed with Finnish Radio Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta and Royal Danish Orchestra.
While serving a long tenure as cellist of the New Helsinki String Quartet, he also shared the stage with artists like Ana Chumachenko, Cho-Liang Lin, Olli Mustonen and Charles Neidich.
Joel studied at the Sibelius Academy with Martti Rousi, Hannu Kiiski, Erkki Rautio, Marcel Bergman and at the Edsberg Institute/Stockholm with Torleif Thedeen.
He is playing on an instrument by Nicola Amati, kindly loaned to him by The Royal Danish Orchestra.