Harpsichordist Matias Häkkinen is one of the most active, dedicated and interesting musicians in Finland. He has a wide repertoire that ranges from Renaissance to the most recent contemporary music with a special interest in mid-17th century music. Häkkinen is a versatile musician who has given solo recitals, as well as worked as a conductor and chamber musician all around Europe. He also works as a writer, lecturer and as an expert of early music matters and keyboard instruments in different organisations.
Häkkinen is the artistic director of Ensemble Nylandia and Café Barock concert series. He is also the current president of the Finnish Early Music Society. Häkkinen has worked with EUBO, EUCO, Finnish National Opera, Finnish RSO, Avanti, the Guard’s Band, FiBO, Opus X and numerous other orchestras and ensembles. He also has worked as a teacher of the harpsichord, basso continuo, chamber music and accompaniment in Helsinki Conservatory, Metropolia and the Sibelius Academy.
In 2011 Matias Häkkinen graduated from Sibelius Academy with excellent grades having studied with Anssi Mattila and Annamari Pölhö. He has also studied in Amsterdam Conservatory with prof. Menno van Delft and in ESMAE, Portugal with prof. Ana Mafalda Castro. Häkkinen also holds a bachelor degree in 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 the Finnish ministry of education, Pro Musica, Alfred Kordelin and MES.
In 2017 Häkkinen’s main focus is combining contemporary and early music with improvisation using clavichords, organs and harpsichords.