Aapo Häkkinen began his musical education as a chorister at Helsinki Cathedral. He studied harpsichord with Bob van Asperen and Pierre Hantaï, and he also enjoyed the generous guidance and encouragement of Gustav Leonhardt.
Immediately after obtaining his soloist's diploma in 1998, Aapo Häkkinen won second prize and the VRT prize at the Bruges Harpsichord Competition. He was also awarded the NDR special prize for his interpretations of Italian music. Since then, he has appeared as soloist and conductor in most European countries and in Mexico. He has recorded for various international labels. Besides the harpsichord, Häkkinen regularly performs on the organ and on the clavichord. He has edited a series of Florentine keyboard music for Edition Escobar. He teaches at the Sibelius Academy and at international master classes.(2)