Pianist 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 Theodor Paraschivesco. She studied 20th century music with Claude Helffer and classical performance practices with Malcolm Bilson in the USA. Since 1987 she holds a senior position in piano music at the Sibelius Academy and earned a Doctor of Music degree in 2005. In 2014 she was appointed Professor of Piano Music at the Sibelius Academy.
Hakkila has been the artistic director of the Early Music Festival in Hämeenlinna, the Sibelius Academy Concert Series, Kaiho Festival in Espoo and Nurmes Summer Academy and Concerts. She has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, in the US, Japan and South America and has collaborated with many eminent musicians and conductors. She has developed her interest in period instrument performance, presenting classical and romantic programmes on period pianos. She works with a number of today's composers and is invited to give world premiere performances. Hakkila's large discography includes the complete cycle of Mozart keyboard sonatas for which she won international acclaim and a compilation of Jean Sibelius’ piano works (Alba Records 2011).