Timo Kotipelto

Date of Birth:
March 15th, 1969

Lappajärvi, Finland

In Stratovarius:
since 1995


Timo studied vocals at the Pop/Jazz Conservatory in Helsinki. In the summer of 1994 he was asked to join Stratovarius, who were looking for a singer at the time. 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, and he has since then recording twelve more full length albums with the band.

In 2002 he started his solo project, called Kotipelto. So far he has released three albums: Waiting For The Dawn, Coldness and the last one, released 2007, Serenity. Aside from Stratovarius and Kotipelto, he has also provided backing vocals to Sonata Arctica’s Silence album, and lead vocals for the song Out of the White Hole, on Ayreon’s 2000 release Universal Migrator Part 2: Flight of the Migrator. He was the winner of the first season of Kuorosota, the Finnish version of Battle of the Choirs, in 2009.

Timo joined forces with Jani Liimatainen in the band Cain’s Offering in 2009, recording the critically acclaimed albums Gather the Faithful (2009) and Stormcrow (2015), playing many shows in Japan and Europe. They also made the Blackoustic acoustic duo album together.

Stratovarius become one of the absolute top names in the worldwide power metal scene, doing extensive touring and performing at numerous festivals all around the world.

Timo’s identifiable high and loud voice is a major characteristic of the band and he is also the member that’s spent the longest time in the band.

Timo is also involved in vocal coaching for a small, select number of students.

Timo Kotipelto