|Born on: 11.05.1978
Perttu Paivo Kullervo Kivilaakso is a cello player for Finnish band Apocalyptica. Like fellow band members Eicca Toppinen and Paavo Lötjönen he attended Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He plays a German 19th century cello. He started playing the cello when he was 5 years old and joined Apocalyptica for their third studio album Cult. Kivilaakso played in Apocalyptica line-up 1995 but he concentrated on his studies when the band begun its professional career. At the end of 1999 he came back switching places with Antero Manninen who then went to play in classical orchestra.
Kivilaakso has received many prizes and awards during his life as a classical cellist, among them is winning third place in the world-renowned second International Paulo Cello Competition, held in Helsinki, in 1996 when he was just 18. Shortly afterward, he attained a lifetime chair in the Helsinki Philharmonic orchestra, where his father, Juhani, is also a cellist. He has been on indefinite leave while touring with Apocalyptica.
Kivilaakso has also composed music for the video game Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, few documentary films as well as many original compositions for Apocalyptica, including "Conclusion," "Betrayal/Forgiveness" and "Farewell."