Nilsiänkatu 8
FI-00510 Helsinki

Artistic director
Aapo Häkkinen
+358 50 492 4339

General Manager
Kerttu Piirto
+358 50 527 6994

Ilona Kaski
+358 40 704 7230

Founded: 1997

Size: 5-50 musicians

Concert venues:

Helsinki Baroque Orchestra

Häkkinen inspires his musicians into a softly atmospheric evocation of pastoral spaciousness interspersed with shadows of gentle agitation. Excellent.
- Nalen Anthoni, Gramophone 10/2012 (Editor's Choice)

For twenty years Helsinki Baroque Orchestra’s performances and recordings have been captivating audiences with their potent combination of emotional eloquence and infectious vitality. The orchestra's programmes frequently include first modern performances of unpublished or reconstructed masterpieces, and also shed unexpected and often provocative new light on more familiar works. Their music-making has contributed to the ensemble’s reputation as major exponents of Baltic and German Baroque music.

At home, groundbreaking productions of Handel’s and Haydn’s operas have earned the orchestra wide recognition. Since 2011, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra’s monthly series at the Helsinki Music Centre has reached a large, new and enthusiastic public. A visionary selection of repertoire and guest artists has ignited the audience in an unprecedented way, and in the process catalysed Early Music’s elevation to something of a cult status in Finland.

Aapo Häkkinen is an interesting guy who, with minimal external gestures, has created an exciting sex appeal around his ensemble. Of course it's ultimately all about impeccable musicianship, which ... seems to be unrivalled in the Nordic countries.
- Mats Liljeroos, Hufvudstadsbladet, 3.1.2012

Equally at home in a more intimate setting, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra has launched its own midsummer festival in the idyllic setting of Janakkala’s medieval stone church.

Helsinki Baroque’s sound has enthralled listeners from the Amsterdam Concertgebouw to Berlin’s Konzerthaus and the Cologne Philharmonie, and at major festivals such as Bremen, Rheingau, Washington, and Jerusalem. Recurring soloists and guest directors include Franco Fagioli, Isabelle Faust, Reinhard Goebel, Erich Höbarth, René Jacobs, Julia Lezhneva, Enrico Onofri, and Skip Sempé.

Doch das war nur der Höhepunkt. In diesem Konzert stimmte auch sonst alles.
- Joachim Lange, Leipziger Volkszeitung, 5.6.2012

Date Concert Place and time
Helsingin barokkiorkesteri
Musiikkia Adrianmeren rannoilta
Tomislav Facini
Antiphonus-lauluyhtye (Kroatia)
Edin Karamazov, luuttu
Frescobaldi, Monteverdi, Lukacic
Pyhän Ristin kirkko, Rauma

Helsingin barokkiorkesteri
Musiikkia Adrianmeren rannoilta
Tomislav Facini
Antiphonus-lauluyhtye (Kroatia)
Edin Karamazov, luuttu
Frescobaldi, Monteverdi, Lukacic
Musiikkitalo, Camerata-sali

Helsingin barokkiorkesteri
Kustaa Vaasa
Aapo Häkkinen
Martina Janková & Helena Juntunen & Tuuli Lindeberg, sopraano
Monica Groop, mezzosopraano
Mario Zeffiri & Niall Chorell, tenori
Cornelius Uhle, basso
Leopold Kozeluch: Kustaa Vaasa
Muut esitykset: 6.3., 10.3.
Musiikkitalo, Konserttisali

Year   Publisher
2014 Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Arias and Overtures
Aapo Häkkinen
Monica Groop, mezzosopraano
Kraus, Joseph Martin:
Proserpin, VB 19: Overture Du i hvars oskuldsfulla blick, VB 30 Plus de crainte: Ma tu tremi, VB 63 Ch'io mai vi possa, VB 59 Zum Geburtstage des Konigs Gustav III, VB 41: Overture Parvum quando cerno Deum, VB 5 Afventyraren, eller Resan till manens o, VB 32: Overture Du temps, qui detruit tout, VB 58 Sentimi, non partir - Al mio bene, VB 55 Begravningskantata for Gustavus III, VB 42: Overture Hor mina omma suckar klaga, VB 2
Naxos 8.572865
2013 Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos vol. 2
Aapo Häkkinen, joht. & cembalo
Johann Sebastian Bach:Cembalokonsertto d-molli, BWV 1054
Cembalokonsertto A-duuri, BWV 1055

Cembalokonsertto F-duuri, BWV 1057
Fantasia c-molli, BWV 906
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach:
Cembalokonsertto G-duuri, Fk 40
2012 Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Bach: Harpsichord concertos vol. 1
Aapo Häkkinen, joht. & cembalo
Johann Sebastian Bach: Harpsichord concert D minor [BWV 1052]
Harpsichord concerto E major [BWV 1053]
Harpsichord concerto G minor [BWV 1056]
Italian Concerto F major [BWV 971]
2012 Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Franz Xaver Dussek: Four Symphonies
Aapo Häkkinen
Dussek, F.X.: Sinfoniat Altner G4, A3, Bb2, Bb3
2010 Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Aapo Häkkinen
Johan Joachim Agrell: Orchestral Works
AEOLUS 10047
2009 Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Aapo Häkkinen
Franz Xaver Richter: Grandes Symphonies 7-12
Naxos 8.570597
2007 Helsinki Baroque Orchestra

Aapo Häkkinen
Franz Xaver Richter: Grandes Symphonies 1-6

Naxos 8.557818
2004 Helsinki Baroque Orchestra

Aapo Häkkinen
Monica Groop, mezzosopraano
Ian Honeyman, tenori
Petteri Salomaa, baritoni

Monteverdi: Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Lamento d'Arianna

Alba ABCD 198