Timo Kotipelto

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Timo Kotipelto
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Kotipelto at Wacken Open Air, 2016
Background information
Birth nameTimo Antero Kotipelto
Born (1969-03-15) 15 March 1969 (age 53)
Lappajärvi, Finland
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Years active1982–present
Labels SPV GmbH
Member of

Timo Antero Kotipelto (born 15 March 1969) [1] is a Finnish musician best known as the lead singer of the power metal band Stratovarius, whom he joined in 1994, as well as fronting his own band Kotipelto.



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Kotipelto at the Ilosaarirock festival, 2009

He studied vocals at the pop/jazz conservatory in Helsinki, briefly singing for an amateur cover band named Filthy Asses. In summer of 1994, he applied to Stratovarius, who were looking for a singer at the time, and was accepted. His arrival corresponds closely with the band's rise to international fame. The first album he recorded with the band was Fourth Dimension, in 1995. Stratovarius has then become a top name in the European heavy metal scene, recording seven more albums and performing in numerous notable rock festivals.

In late 2003, Kotipelto split from Stratovarius after intra-band disagreements, notably with guitarist Timo Tolkki. After much turmoil throughout 2004, he rejoined the band in January 2005, recorded the album Stratovarius , and performed live on tour that covered North America, South America, Europe and Asia. In 2008, Timo Tolkki made public that he and Timo Kotipelto had arguments but Kotipelto never really left the band and the announcement that he left was part of a big publicity stunt. [2]

In 2002 Kotipelto started his solo project, called Kotipelto. So far he has released three albums: "Waiting For The Dawn", "Coldness" and the last one, released 20 April 2007, "Serenity". Aside from Stratovarius and Kotipelto, Timo Kotipelto has also provided additional vocals to Sonata Arctica's Silence album along with lead vocals with his close friend, ex-Sonata Arctica guitarist Jani Liimatainen and his band Cain's Offering. and lead vocals for the song "Out of the White Hole", on Ayreon's 2000 release Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight of the Migrator.

Kotipelto also provided vocals for the track "Eye of the Storm" on Warmen's 2009 album Japanese Hospitality .


With Stratovarius


With Cain's Offering

Kotipelto & Liimatainen

Guest appearances

With Gamma Ray

With Tarot

With Tunnelvision

Timo Kotipelto and Klaus Flaming

With Warmen

With Sonata Arctica

With Klamydia

With Ayreon

Monstervision Freakshow

With Ella Ja Aleksi

With Leningrad Cowboys

With Amberian Dawn

With Hevisaurus

With Soulspell

With La suma de las partes

With Tarja

With Jani Liimatainen

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  1. "About me". Kotipelto.com. Archived from the original on 5 April 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  2. "Timo Tolkki Discusses Stratovarius 'Publicity Stunt'; Video Available". Blabbermouth.net. 13 November 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2014.