The Finnish tenor Hannu Jurmu began his studies at the Oulu Conservatory in 1982. He continued to study music and singing at the Sibelius Academy from 1984 onwards, finishing his first Master of Music degree in 1989. In 1994 he entered the Sibelius Academy Opera School to continue his vocal studies, and in the spring of 2005 he finished his second Master of Music degree. Since 1994 he has appeared as a soloist in operas, operettas, oratorios and concerts in Finland as well as Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Russia and the United States. His operatic rôles range from Mozart’s Tamino, Ferrando and Don Ottavio to Puccini’s Cavaradossi, Rodolfo and Pinkerton and to Verdis´ Otello. In 2001 he took the role of Count Zedlau in the film version of Johann Strauss’s Wiener Blut. He has appeared as a soloist in numerous concerts in a wide range of great masterpieces and has a broad repertoire of Lieder, Christmas and sacred music. Hannu Jurmu has taken part in many Finnish vocal competitions. He won the second prize in the Kangasniemi Singing Competition of 1994, and first prize in the Turku National Operetta Competition (1996) as well as the Somero Tenor Contest (1998). He was also chosen as one of the finalists in the Lappeenranta Singing Contest of 1996. In October 2002 he was awarded the Beniamino Gigli Prize for his work in the field of opera.