Lauri Ahokas studied conducting with professor Jorma Panula and at the prestigious Sibelius Academy conducting class with professors Atso Almila and Hannu Lintu. He performed his diploma concert with Kuopio Symphony Orchestra receiving excellent grades and graduated as Master of Conducting in 2018.
As a conductor, Ahokas has performed e.g. with Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Pori Sinfonietta, and NYKY Ensemble. He debuted as an opera conductor at the Sibelius Academy production of La nozze di Figaro.
Ahokas studied piano performance at the Sibelius Academy with Meri Louhos, Hui-Ying Liu-Tawaststjerna and professor Erik T. Tawaststjerna. He gave his diploma concert in 2011 receiving excellent grades and graduated as Master of Piano Performance in 2013.
As a pianist, Ahokas has performed e.g. at the Naantali Music Festival, Aino Ackté Chamber Festival, and as a soloist of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra at the national finals of Eurovision Young Soloists’ Competition. He has received prizes at the Sibelius Academy Helmi Vesa piano competition, including a special prize for an outstanding performance of the piano etude “Automne à Varsovie” by György Ligeti.
In addition to music, Lauri Ahokas graduated 2011 as M.D. at the University of Helsinki and is currently a resident of ophthalmology. He also has a profound love for cats.