Matias Häkkinen, KEYBOARD
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. 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 and Café Barock concert series. 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.
As of 2015 his main focus are contemporary harpsichord concerto repertoire on revival instruments and Froberger's opera omnia on a Nurenberg Giusti type instrument. His work is currently supported by a grant from the state of Finland.