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Tuomas Holopainen

Biography

Known primarily because the mastermind behind Finnish symphonic steel collective Nightwish, composer, multi-instrumentalist, screenwriter, and producer Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen was created in the city of Kitee about Dec 25, 1976. An ardent college student of jazz, traditional, rock, and film music, Holopainen started playing reside in 1993. He created Nightwish in 1997 and, by 2014, has released seven studio room albums using the group. He released his debut single recording, a musical in line with the well-known Walt Disney visual novel THE LIFE SPAN and Occasions of Scrooge McDuck, in early 2014.

Quick Facts


Full Name Tuomas Holopainen
Height 1.88 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Composer, Songwriter, Music Producer, Screenwriter, Lyricist, Keyboard Player, Multi-instrumentalist
Education Sibelius Academy
Nationality Finnish
Spouse Johanna Kurkela
Parents Kirsti Nortia-Holopainen, Pentti Holopainen
Siblings Susanna Holopainen, Petri Holopainen
Music Groups Nightwish, For My Pain..., Sethian, Darkwoods My Betrothed, Nattvindens Gråt, Furthest Shore
Music Songs Storytime, Wish I Had an Angel, Bye Bye Beautiful, Nemo, Sleeping Sun, Amaranth, Ever Dream, While Your Lips Are Still Red, Élan, Ghost Love Score, She Is My Sin, The Islander, Dark Chest of Wonders, Last Ride of the Day, Planet Hell, The Kinslayer, Last of the Wilds, Come Cover Me, A Lifetime of Adventure, Wishmaster, I Want My Tears Back, End Of All Hope, 10th Man Down, The Last Sled, Bless the Child, Alpenglow, Turn Loose the Mermaids, The Poet and the Pendulum, Edema Ruh, Stargazers, Feel for You, My Walden
Albums Vehicle of Spirit, Endless Forms Most Beautiful, Music Inspired by the Life and Times of Scrooge, Dark Passion Play, End of an Era, Highest Hopes: The Best of Nightwish, Over the Hills and Far Away, Wishmaster, Oceanborn
Movies Imaginaerum by Nightwish


  • Facts
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#Fact
1 Enjoys pinball.
2 Is engaged to Finnish pop singer Johanna Kurkela, after being in a relationship for 5 years [2014].
3 Making demos for Nightwish's upcoming new album. [July 2010]
4 Has been in a relationship with a popular Finnish pop singer Johanna Kurkela since 2009.
5 His favorite Nightwish song is The Poet and the Pendulum.
6 One of his favorite albums is The Black Album by Metallica.
7 Got his graduation diploma at age 15.
8 Enjoys NHL hockey.
9 Favorite movies are the Village, The Shawshank Redemption, Dances with Wolves, Dead Poets' Society and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
10 Most of his songs are about his feelings about situations in which he has been.
11 Claims he gets his musical inspirations from film music and fantasy novels.
12 Has stated that he was not a fan of heavy music at all until he attended a Metallica and Guns 'N Roses concert in Kansas City whilst on a foreign exchange trip.
13 Says that Donald Duck is his favorite Disney character.
14 His mother signed him up for piano class in school when he was seven years old.
15 Studied clarinet, tenor saxophone, piano and music theory for eleven years at a music college.
16 Studied jazz and classical styles, but he didn't appreciate these styles preferring to be influenced by harmonic film music.
17 Has said that his biggest inspirations are Greek composer Vangelis and German composer Hans Zimmer.
18 Holopainen has been noted as a source of inspiration for other bands, especially within symphonic, gothic and power metal. Simone Simons, lead singer of Epica, stated that she began singing due to Nightwish.
19 During the winter of 2005/2006 he says he watched the film The Village 10 times a week, often 2 or 3 times a day. He referred to this film as "'Escapism' at its best". Holopainen often describes himself being an escapist, and has written a song about it with the same name.
20 Claimed that Disney inspired him when he was just 2 years old.
21 He also play in bands For My Pain and Timo Rautiainen.
22 His favorite director is James Cameron.
23 His favorite book is "The Lord Of The Rings" by J.R.R.Tolkien.
24 His favorite author are J.R.R.Tolkien and Stephen King.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SuomiLOVE TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2017 writer - 1 episode, 2017
Tarja: Luna Park Ride 2015 Video writer: "Stargazers", "Wishmaster"
Beauty & the Beat: Tarja Turunen & Mike Terrana 2014 Video writer: "Swanheart"
Imaginaerum 2012 writer: "Slow, Love, Slow"
Atop the Fourth Wall 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Lieksa! 2007 writer: "While Your Lips Are Still Red"
The Cave 2005 writer: "Nemo"
Alone in the Dark 2005 lyrics: "Wish I Had an Angel" / music: "Wish I Had an Angel"
Plan-ilta lapselle 2004 TV Movie lyrics: "Wish I had an Angel" / writer: "Wish I had an Angel"
Rotanloukku 2003 TV Movie writer: "Sleeping Sun"
Kohtalon kirja 2003 arranger: "End of All Hope", "Slaying the Dreamer" / lyrics: "Slaying the Dreamer" / writer: "End of All Hope", "Slaying the Dreamer"
Tango Kabaree 2001 writer: "Wishmaster"
Eurovision laulukilpailu 2000 - Suomen karsinta 2000 TV Movie writer: "Sleepwalker"
Lista Top 40 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1999 writer - 1 episode, 1999

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nightwish: Live at Ratina Stadion 2016 Video
Nightwish: Live at Wembley Arena 2016 Video
Lohtu 2014 Video short
Nightwish: End of an Era 2006 Video

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nightwish: Live at Ratina Stadion 2016 Video Keyboards
Imaginaerum 2012 Tom Whitman - age 47

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Imaginaerum 2012 story

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nightwish: Live at Teatro Metropolitan, Mexico City, Mexico 2015 TV Movie musician: keyboards

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Nightwish with Love 2016 Documentary thanks
Rock Suomi 2010 TV Series documentary thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nightwish: Live at Wembley Arena 2016 Video Himself - Keyboards
Puoli seitsemän 2016 TV Series Himself
To Nightwish with Love 2016 Documentary Himself
Nightwish: Live at Teatro Metropolitan, Mexico City, Mexico 2015 TV Movie Himself
Arto Nyberg 2005-2015 TV Series Himself
Lohtu 2014 Video short Himself
Nightwish: Showtime, Storytime 2013 Video Himself - Keyboards
Please Learn the Setlist in 48 Hours 2013 Video documentary Himself
Heikki & Mikko Show 2012 TV Series Himself
Metal Evolution 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Korkojen kera 2011 TV Series Himself
Summeri 2011 TV Series Himself
Strada 2011 TV Series Himself
Rock Suomi 2010-2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Rautaa rajan taa 2010 Documentary Himself
Weekend Music 2008 TV Series Himself
Boogie 2008 TV Series Himself
Nightwish: End of an Era 2006 Video Himself - Keyboards
Pop Klubi 2006 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 2004 TV Series Himself
Nightwish: End of Innocence 2003 Video documentary Himself, songwriter, keyboards, producer
Nightwish: From Wishes to Eternity - Live 2001 Video Himself, keyboards
Eurovision laulukilpailu 2000 - Suomen karsinta 2000 TV Movie Himself (as Nightwish)
Lista Top 40 1999 TV Series Himself - Performer / Interviewee

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#Trademark
1 Known for being influenced by fantasy and science-fiction films and novels
2 Heavy use of choirs and percussion.


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