|Born on: 24.06.1978
Erno "Emppu" Matti Juhani Vuorinen (born 24 June 1978 in Kitee, Finland) is a Finnish guitarist, most famous for being a founding member and occasional songwriter of the symphonic metal band Nightwish. He started to play guitar as a private study at the age of 12 and since then has played in various bands including Nightwish, Brother Firetribe, Barilari, Almah (With Angra's frontman Edu Falaschi), and Altaria.
Emppu is primarily a rhythm player, often supporting the keyboard or orchestral parts of Nightwish songs. However, he plays lead melodies and solos as well. Vuorinen's solo techniques include alternate picking, short-range tapping, and minor to extreme whammy bar use for vibrato. His solos are more melodic than in many other heavy metal bands, but he sometimes shreds (notably in "Nightquest," "The Pharaoh Sails to Orion," "Romanticide," and "Gethsemane" by Nightwish, and also in "Traitor" by Tarot, for which he provided a solo). Nightwish's first three albums featured a larger amount of guitar solo from Emppu than their later albums. Emppu is the only member of Nightwish's current lineup never to have contributed any vocals.
Vuorinen is also involved with a Brazilian metal band called Almah, for which he recorded the guitar parts in order to help his friend and vocalist Edu Falaschi (also singer of Angra). Emppu did not stay in the band because of his obligations to Nightwish.
Vuorinen is often referred to as "the short one" or "the hobbit" when among band members or fans, as he stands at just 5'3" (160 cm) in height.
As of 2008, one of his side-projects, Brother Firetribe, had released two albums worldwide: "False Metal" (re-released as "Break Out") and "Heart Full Of Fire".