Hko Musician

Jussi Jaatinen

Music has always been part of my life. 

Instrument group
Performer role
Associate principal

Music has always been part of my life. I don't even remember when I learned to read music, but that was before I learned to read with the help of the Donald Ducks at the age of 3. I've had the pleasure of playing a variety of instruments: piano at first, then violin, electric bass, French horn, and, from the age of 11, oboe. The oboe was chosen by my trumpet-player father (FRSO), who said that the standard of oboe playing in Finland was poor and that the field needed new emerging talent. After various stages of study, I got my first permanent job in 1989 with the Tapiola Sinfonietta. However, my blood was drawn to a larger orchestra, and I was delighted to win an audition with the HPO in the spring of 1992. Since then, I have been a member of the HPO oboe section in various positions. I have also played with the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra since 1987.

Curious and eager to learn by nature, in 2013, I also started my first steps in science. I was accepted as a postgraduate student at the University of Helsinki in the spring of 2014, and after a long way, I received my PhD in November 2023 with my multidisciplinary dissertation "Stretched tuning. Psychoacoustic, musical, and neurophysiological analyses of the octave enlargement phenomenon." In the future, I would like to continue working as a researcher in the field of psychoacoustics and brain research, in addition to orchestral work.