Tuija Hakkila

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.