Joona Pulkkinen studies under Marko Ylönen at the Sibelius Academy. He has also attended masterclasses given by Frans Helmerson, Valter Dešpalj, Gary Hoffman and Arto Noras. In spring 2007 he performed in a concert by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s Young Soloists. That same year he won the Shostakovich competition (strings section) held for young musicians in St Petersburg. In 2008 Pulkkinen was chosen as the Pro Musica Foundation’s Young Musician of the Year and he played in the Finnish finale of the Eurovision Young Soloists Competition. Pulkkinen took third prize in the National Turku Cello Competition in February 2010, being the youngest contestant in the finale.