Flutist Petri Alanko studied at the Sibelius Academy with Mikael Helasvuo and subsequently at the Freiburg Music Academy in Germany with William Bennett and Hans-Peter Schmitz. He won the first prize at the 1989 Kobe International Flute Competition and again at the Munich ARD Competition in 1990. Performances in Germany, USA, Japan and Finland followed.
Petri Alanko was the principal flutist in Zurich Opera Orchestra in 1987-88. He held the position of Principal Flute with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1988-2012. Since 2012 Alanko is a lecturer of flute in Sibelius Academy (University of the Arts), Helsinki. In 2013-18 he also served as the Head of the wind department in Sibelius Academy.
His first solo-cd was released 1993 including flute concertos of Nielsen, Ibert and Jolivet with Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Finnish Radio Symphony and Avanti! Chamber Orchestra. In 1996 was released “Dances with the Winds” including Finnish flute concertos of Einojuhani Rautavaara, Aulis Sallinen, Leonid Bashmakov and Tauno Marttinen. He has also recorded Complete Flute Sonatas by J.S. Bach and 20th Century Music for flute and orchestra of Sallinen, Penderecki and Takemitsu for Naxos label. In 2009 he premiered the flute concerto "Soie" by Lotta Wennäkoski with the Finnish Radio Symhony Orchestra.
In 2000-2005 Petri Alanko has been the Artistic Director of Crusell Music Festival in Uusikaupunki, Finland.