I am Matias Häkkinen the musician. This page contains a non-Finnish version of my web page.
I am currently engaged in finding a way to telling the difference between different kinds of positive and negative moments in musical time and life. What is a musically load-bearing structure and what is just ornamentation around that. I am also most curious about whether is really makes a difference on which instrument one chooses to express one's musical desires.
A list of my upcoming concert activities is available under Events. More about me can be read below and pictures can be found under the other menu.
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Matias Häkkinen (b.1981) is one of the most active, dedicated and interesting musicians in his native Finland. He has a wide repertoire that ranges from renaissance to most recent contemporary music with a special interest in late 17th century music. He is a versatile musician who has given solo recitals, as well as worked as a conductor, lied-pianist, organist, chamber musician and accompanist with several singers, instrumentalists, and as a member of different ensembles and orchestras all around Europe and in North America. He is also working as a writer, lecturer and expert of early music matters and keyboard instruments as a freelancer in different organisations.
Häkkinen is the artistic director of the orchestra Ensemble Nylandia, BarokkiKuopio festival and Café Barock concert series and president of the Finnish Early Music Society. In 2009-10 he was a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra and in 2010 he toured with the European Union Chamber Orchestra. He has worked with the Finnish National Opera, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, the Guard's Band, Finnish Baroque Orchestra, Opus X and numerous other orchestras and ensembles. He also has worked as a teacher of the harpsichord, piano, basso continuo, chamber music and accompaniment in Helsinki Conservatory, Metropolia University and the Sibelius Academy. His activities include also different management and production engagements.
Matias Häkkinen graduated from Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with excellent grades having studied with professors Anssi Mattila and Annamari Pölhö. He has also studied at Amsterdam Conservatory with prof. Menno van Delft and in Escola Superior da Música e das Artes de Espectáculo, in Porto, Portugal with prof. Ana Mafalda Castro. He also holds a bachelor degree in the piano and has attended numerous masterclasses with some of the most prestigious professors in the early music world. His work has been supported by grants from several funds and foundations (Finnish state/Ministry of education), Pro Musica, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Alfred Kordelin, MES).
Most notable projects and performances as a conductor during the most recent times have included Händel Acis & Galatea in Vancouver, Stradella St. John the Baptist Oratorio and Purcell Dido & Aeneas in Helsinki and Tampere Philharmony concert with music from Muffat to Pärt with great acclaim in Tampere. As soloist and chamber musician the most recent highlights are a solo recital in BRQ Vantaa festival (including Froberger and world premiere of Nuorvala Enharmonic Suite for hyperchromatic harpsichord), duo concerts of early Italian baroque together with Finnish folk music with Kreeta-Maria Kentala in Finland, Belgium and Poland as well as Tölöläb Early Music collective making electroacustic improvisation based on medieval and renaissance music and visual artist Jani Ruscica Flatlands project of improvisation concerts on ficticious instruments.
As of 2019 his main focus are leading and conducting concerts with both period and modern orchestras and preparing for first two concerts of his artistic doctor’s degree on artistic applications of new tuning philosophical thinking in Sibelius Academy Docmus department.