Mikko-Pekka Svala grew up in Kemi in northern Finland. After completing his studies at Turku Conservatory, he went on to study in Malmö, Leipzig and Essen.
Mikko-Pekka currently holds the position as associate principal bassoonist in the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. A keen teacher, Mikko-Pekka is teaching at Helsinki Conservatory. He is also a member of the Zagros Ensemble and artistic director of Kälviä music course.