Tuija Hakkila studied at the Sibelius Academy with Liisa Pohjola and Eero Heinonen, and continued her studies at the Paris Conservatoire with Jacques Rouvier and Théodor Paraschivesco. She studied 20th century music with Claude Helffer in Paris and classical performance practices with Malcolm Bilson in the United States. Other influential teachers have included György Sebök and William Pleeth.
Hakkila was a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University in New York in 1985/86. Since 1987 she has held a senior teaching position in piano music at the Sibelius Academy; she earned a Doctor of Music degree in 2005. In 2014 she was appointed Professor of Piano at the same institution. She has been the Artistic Director of the Early Music Festival in Hämeenlinna, the Sibelius Academy Concert Series and the Nurmes Music Summer Academy and Festival.
Hakkila has performed as soloist, in chamber groups and as accompanist throughout Europe, in the United States, Japan, Indonesia, Africa and South America, and has made broadcasts in several countries. She has collaborated with eminent musicians including Vera Beths, Anner Bijlsma, Mikael Helasvuo, Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, Anssi Karttunen, Alexei Lubimov, Karita Mattila and performed with conductors Okko Kamu, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leif Segerstam and Sakari Oramo among others.
Her repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary music. A commitment to period instrument performance has led her to present baroque, classical and romantic programmes on period pianos ranging from early Silbermann fortepianos to late romantic pianos, while her collaborations with today’s composers resulted in numerous world premieres.
Tuija Hakkila’s solo discography includes a highly-acclaimed complete cycle of Mozart keyboard sonatas on a fortepiano, a compilation of Jean Sibelius’ piano music, a recital of 20th century piano music and a world premiere recording of the early 19th century Finnish Lithander brothers’ music. A CD with Dussek fortepiano sonatas came out last year in the international complete recording with Brilliant Classics label. In the repertoire for cello and piano her discography includes recitals of 20th century music, Gabriel Fauré’s music and all Beethoven’s works.
In the field of chamber music she has recorded an album with Kaija Saariaho’s music for trio ensembles, Niccoló Castiglioni’s chamber music, Haydn flute trios, Brahms and Byström sonatas for piano and violin.