Tapio Lappalainen completed a master’s degree in composition at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg 2007, where his composition professor was Adriana Hölszky. Lappalainen also has a diploma in Music Theory from Oulu Conservatory 2002, where his composition professor was Vesa Valkama.

Lappalainen completed master’s degree in Music Technology from the University of the Arts / Sibelius-Academy 2014, where his music technology professor was Andrew Bentley.

He has taken part in Summer Courses of contemporary music and music technology in Darmstadt, Germany and at the CCRMA at the CNMAT –centers in California, USA.


His compositions have been performed by the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Oulu Symphony, Helsinki Chamber Choir, Duo Gelland and Pohja Military Band among others.

Works of Lappalainen has been performed in many festivals in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Faroe Islands, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Sweden for example Aspekte (Salzburg, Austria), Nordic Music Days (Copenhagen, Denmark), Time of Music (Viitasaari, Finland), Uuden Musiikin Lokakuu (Oulu, Finland) and Ung Nordisk Music (Göteborg, Sweden and Reykjavik, Iceland).


He has got Grants from the Arts Council of Finland, the Culture Ministry of Luxembourg, Art Committee of Province of Oulu, Art Committee of City of Oulu, the Sibelius –Foundation of the Society of Finnish Composers, Alfred Kordelin –foundation, and the Sylvi Kekkonen –Foundation. Tapio Lappalainen was a Composer-in-Residence in “Kommandantenhaus der Bergfeste Dilsberg” in Germany in 2005.


Lappalainen has been teaching at the Jokilaaksot Music Institute since 2005 music theory, solfeggio, composition and arranging a for children and youth. He has been teaching also music technology at the Jokilaaksot Music Institute since 2008.

He has teaching experience also from the University of Oulu, Oulu University of Applied Sciences and Oulu Conservatory.


Lappalainen is a member of the following organizations:

- vice chairman of MUTES ry (Music Theory and Solfeggio teachers association of Finland)

- founding member of society of contemporary music October (Nykymusiikkiseura Lokakuu)

- Society of Finnish Composers

- Acoustical Society of Finland


Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music 2006 and 2004

Ferneyhough, Hölszky, Hosokawa, Poppe, Furrer, André, Cernowin

Time of Musik - Summer Festival in Viitasaari, Finland

David Moss 2016

James Clarke and Esa-Pekka Salonen 2000

Helmut Lachenmann 1998

Jukka Tiensuu 1997

Paavo Heininen 1994

Brian Ferneyhough 1993

Johan Willgren -Festival in Orivesi, Finland

Alexander Müllenbach 2000

Komponistmöte Nordkalotten 2003 in Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Olav-Anton Thommesen, The Norwegian Academy of Music

Komponistmöte Nordkalotten 2002 in, Oulu, Finnland

Jouni Kaipainen, Pirkanmaa Polytechnik

Komponistmöte Nordkalotten 2001 in Piteå, Sweden

Rolf Martinsson, Malmö Academy of Music

Jan Sandström, Piteå School of Music