Mikko Pellinen is part of the new generation of jazz in Finland. He started his music studies with electric bass at age of ten. Soon after he became more and more interested in writing music and began to study composing. After high school he continued his studies in the pop & jazz department of Helsinki Polytechnic school Stadia, graduating in 2008. At the time he is doing his Master's degree at the Sibelius-Academy Jazz Music Department, majoring in jazz composition. His composing teachers include Kari "Sonny" Heinilä and Jere Laukkanen among others. He has studied electric and double bass with for example Hannu Rantanen, Ari-Pekka Anttila, Ulf Krokfors and Ville Herrala.
As a composer his main focus is on his own group Mikko Pellinen Mini Big Band. Pellinen has also composed and arranged music for other jazz groups, theater, short movies and dance performances. Besides composing and arranging work Pellinen is also known as an versatile musician and conductor. Playing both electric and double bass he has performed with a broad range of different acts in Finland and abroad. His past and present work includes collaboration with jazz groups and artists (Maratone Quintet, Herd, Heads & Tales, Tribute to Ella, William Suvanne, Susanna Wahl), world music groups (Värttinä, Arosa Ensemble), orchestras & big bands (Keski-Pohjanmaan kamariorkesteri, Vaasan kaupunginorkesteri, Finnish Junior Allstars Big Band), pop groups (Anu Neuvonen) etc.
Nokia "Young Talent" award 2007
1st place in Big Band competition at Imatra Big Band Festival 2006