Jukka Linkola (b. 1955) is a pianist, composer and conductor. He studied the piano and music theory at the Sibelius Academy in 1972-80. He has also worked as a conductor at the Helsinki Municipal Theatre and taught music both at the Sibelius Academy and at the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki. Since 1972 he has played in various jazz ensembles, and in 1976 he founded the Jukka Linkola Octet, which became one of the pillars of Finnish jazz and was later enlarged into Jukka Linkola Tentet.
Linkola has won several composing competitions, including the Paris Opera Screen in 1993 and the Concours International de Composition of Le Havre in 1994. He initially composed music for his octet and for big band, then widened his scope towards classical music, into which he incorporated jazz elements. After this period of fusion, which lasted until the late 1980s, he adopted a quasi neo-classical idiom, characterized by freely tonal melody, capricious rhythms, smoothly dissonant, often bitonal or parallel harmony and attention to instrumental colour.
Fennica Gehrman has published Linkola's solo concertos including the popular Euphonium Concerto (1996), Bass Concerto (2005) and the Clarinet Concerto “Gipsy Heart” (2014).