Aapo Hakkinen

Aapo Häkkinen is a Finnish harpsichordist and conductor, specializing in early music. He began his music studies as a chorister at Helsinki Cathedral, and started harpsichord lessons at 13. He studied with Elina Mustonen and Olli Porthan at the Sibelius Academy, with Bob van Asperen at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory, and moved to Paris to study with Pierre Hantaï. He also received instruction from Gustav Leonhardt. Häkkinen won the NDR special prize in 1997 and the second prize and the VRT prize at the Bruges Harpsichord Competition in 1998. Häkkinen has appeared with MusicAeterna, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, the Cork Baroque Orchestra, the Tallinn Baroque Orchestra, and the Helsinki Chamber Choir, among many other ensembles. He has performed as a soloist and conductor across Europe and in the United States, Japan, Korea, Turkey, Israel, Mexico, and Brazil. He is the artistic director of the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, and has recorded for Aeolus Music, Alba, Avie, Deux-Elles, and Naxos.

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