Markku Mäkinen, organ, harpsichord & baroque workshop
Markku Mäkinen (b.1973) gained his MMus degree from the Solo Studies Department at the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland) in 1999, having been awarded excellent marks for his organ diploma in 1998. His organ teacher was Professor Olli Porthan. He also studied harpsichord performance under Kati Hämäläinen and completed his diploma with excellent marks in spring 2001. From 1998 to 2000 he studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Professor Jacques van Oortmerssen and gained his Tweede fase examination (solo diploma) “cum laude” in June 2000. He has also furthered his studies in numerous masterclasses in Finland and abroad.
Markku Mäkinen has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK, Russia, Italy, Spain, Austria and Hungary and as a keyboard player with many orchestras, choirs and early music ensembles (such as Finnish Baccano and Italian Accademia Barocca Willem Hermans). In 1997 he won the third prize in the International Schnitger Organ Competition in Alkmaar (the Netherlands) and in 2002 the first prize in the Kotka International Organ Competition (Finland). Since 2002 Markku Mäkinen has taught the organ at the Sibelius Academy. He has also held master classes in Finland and abroad and as of 2007 has been the Artistic Director of the International Summer Academy of Church Music in Estonia. He has had numerous recordings and concerts broadcast on the Finnish Radio and he has recorded many solo and chamber music CDs, for instance, for labels Alba and La Bottega Discantica. Mäkinen is also the organist in the Catholic church of St. Mary in Helsinki.