Atte Kilpinen first started dancing at a local dance studio in his home town Turku, Finland. Kilpinen received his professional degree from the Turku Conservatory for Music and Dance in 2015, joining the Finnish National Ballet in Helsinki the same year. He has since danced various soloist roles with the National Ballet, also acting as Choreographer’s Assistant for Kenneth Greve and as Repetiteur in a piece for the National Ballet Youth Company. From 2020 onwards Kilpinen has danced with John Neuemeier’s Hamburg Ballet, and was appointed as soloist in 2021. In addition to Neuemeier, Kilpinen has worked with renowned choreographers such as Carolyn Carlson, Alexander Ekman, Marco Goecke, Kenneth Greve, Marjo Kuusela, Jirí Kylián, Tero Saarinen and Jorma Uotinen, among others. He has also performed with other Finnish companies, including Susanna Leinonen Company, Pori Dance Company, Oulu Dance Centre and Turku City Theatre.
In 2019 Kilpinen received a prize from the Outi and Jan Vapaavuori Foundation, awarded biennially for the best young dancer at the Finnish National Ballet. In April 2020 Kilpinen’s solo work, an interpretation of conductor Sergei Prokofiev’s chamber piece Quintet Op. 39, premiered with The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Helsinki, and was later broadcasted on national television. In December 2020 the President of the Republic of Finland invited Kilpinen to perform for the official Independence Day reception.
Kilpinen’s collaboration with Tero Saarinen Company started on Saarinen’s iconic solo HUNT.