"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 Sibelius Academy in his native Helsinki. From 1995 to 1998 he studied at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatoire with Bob van Asperen, 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 soloist's diploma in 1998, Aapo Häkkinen won second prize and the prize of the Belgian radio and television VRT-3 at the prestigious Bruges International Harpsichord Competition. He was also awarded the Norddeutscher Rundfunk special prize Musikpreis 1997 for his interpretations of Italian music. Aapo Hakkinen has appeared as a soloist in Scandinavia, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, England, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Estonia, Russia, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Mexico (Festival de La Roque-d'Anthéron, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Festival de Ligugé, Flanders Festival, Bachfest der Neuen Bachgesellschaft, Greifswalder Bachwoche, Augustinus Muziekcentrum Antwerp, Concerto Belgais, Forum Musicum Wroclaw, Antonio il Verso Palermo, Brezice Festival, Zagreb Baroque Festival, Festival de Morelia, Kuhmo Chamber Music, Helsinki Festival, Vantaa Baroque Week, Turku Music Festival, Lahti Organ Festival...) " Visit website for more information. (ed.)
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