Aapo Häkkinen (1976) began his musical education as a chorister at Helsinki Cathedral. He took up the harpsichord at the age of 13, studying with Elina Mustonen and Olli Porthan (organ) at the city's Sibelius Academy. From 1995 to 1998 he studied with Bob van Asperen at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory and from 1996 to 2000 with Pierre Hantaï in Paris. He was also fortunate to enjoy the generous guidance and encouragement of Gustav Leonhardt.
Immediately after obtaining his diploma in 1998, Aapo Häkkinen won second prize and the VRT prize at the Bruges International Harpsichord Competition. He was also awarded the Norddeutscher Rundfunk special prize Musikpreis 1997 for his interpretations of Italian music. Aapo Häkkinen has appeared as soloist in Scandinavia, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg, Portugal, Hungary, Estonia, Russia, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Israel, Japan, the United States, and Mexico (Festival de La Roque-d'Anthéron, Konzerthaus Berlin, Brühler Schlosskonzerte, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Wartburgkonzerte Eisenach, Göttinger Händel-Festspiele, Kölner Philharmonie, Rheingau Musik Festival, Bachfest der Neuen Bachgesellschaft, Musica Bayreuth, Greifswalder Bachwoche, London Lufthansa Festival, Flanders Festival, Antwerp Augustinus Muziekcentrum, Bergen Festival, Eszterháza Haydn Festival, Washington Library of Congress, Copenhagen Tivoli Festival, St Petersburg Early Music Festival, Riga Bach Festival, Cracow Philharmonia, Forum Musicum Wroclaw, Semana Santa Madrid, Semana de Música Antigua de Estella, Culturgest Lisbon, Bolzano Festival, Antonio il Verso Palermo, Breice Festival, Radovljica Festival, Zagreb Baroque Festival, Varadin Baroque Evenings, Israel Festival, Festival Internacional Cervantino, Festival de Morelia, Tallinn Baroque Festival, Kuhmo Chamber Music, Helsinki Festival, Turku Music Festival, Lahti Organ Festival...)
Aapo Häkkinen is also known as a distinguished chamber musician and director (Musica Aeterna Bratislava, Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Croatian Baroque Ensemble, Tampere Filharmonia, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Chamber Orchestra of Lapland, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Cork Baroque Orchestra, Sibelius Academy Baroque Orchestra, SataSinfonia, vocal ensemble Lumen Valo, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Helsinki Chamber Choir, Tapiola Chamber Choir, Utopia Chamber Choir) in collaboration with artists such as Enrico Baiano, Jay Bernfeld, Reinhard Goebel, Monica Groop, Ilya Grubert, Pierre Hantaï, Jorma Hynninen, Erich Höbarth, Soile Isokoski, María Cristina Kiehr, Anu Komsi, Topi Lehtipuu, Julia Lezhneva, Riccardo Minasi, Alexander Rudin, and Dmitry Sinkovsky. He has conducted Handel's Acis and Galatea (dir. Vilppu Kiljunen) and Haydn's L'Isola disabitata (dir. Johanna Freundlich) for the Finnish Chamber Opera, Carissimi's Jephte (dir. Juha Mustanoja) for Kokkola Opera, and Pergolesi's La Serva padrona (dir. Ozren Prohić) for the Croatian National Theatre.
Aapo Häkkinen has recorded for the labels AEOLUS, Alba, Avie, Cantus, Deux-Elles, and Naxos, and for European radio and television companies such as DLF, MDR, NDR, WDR, BR, SR, SWR, and VRT. A writer and broadcaster about many aspects of the early music world, Häkkinen hosts his own programme on Classic FM in Finland. Besides the harpsichord, he regularly performs on the organ and on the clavichord. He has commissioned, given premières, and recorded music by Lucio Garau, Eero Hämeenniemi, Mário Laginha, Jyrki Linjama, Jukka Tiensuu, and Tapio Tuomela. Aapo Häkkinen has edited a series of 17th century Florentine keyboard music for Ut Orpheus Edizioni. He teaches at the Sibelius Academy and at international masterclasses. He is Artistic Director of the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and of the Helsinki Music Centre Early Music Series as well as the Janakkala Baroque Festival.
Recordings of Bach's, Byrd's, Frescobaldi's, Haydn's, and Rameau's keyboard music can be ordered from your local distributor or directly from Alba Records
Medici Harpsichord Book - an anonymous Florentine manuscript attributed to Prince Ferdinando III de' Medici
J.S. Bach: Sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord
F. Couperin: Suites for viola da gamba and harpsichord
F.X. Richter: Keyboard works, Sonatas for flute and harpsichord
J.S. Bach: Harpsichord concertos
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