Tommi Hyytinen (b. 1977) is Finnish horn soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. He works in Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra as a horn player and in Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki as a horn and natural horn teacher. He is also a memeber of the Finnish Baroque Orchestra. He has studied in Sibelius Academy, in Universtät für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien and in Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. Hyytinen graduated as Doctor of Music from Sibelius Academy in 2009. The topic of his artistic doctorate was the horn music of the Romantic period. In his doctoral concert series he played the period instruments of the 19th century: natural horn, French horn, German horn and Vienna horn.

Hyytinen is an active chamber musician and has performed in several festivals in Finland and abroad. He is a member of Arktinen Hysteria Quintet, The Golden Horns quartet and Helsinki Brass Quartet. Composing and arranging are an important part of his musicianship. In January 2018 Hyytinen recorded Dussek's Notturno for violin, natural horn and fortepiano with Alexei Lubimov and Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch for French recording company Alpha Records.

Hyytinen is also active in the contemporary music scene and has premiered several pieces for horn, such as the horn concertos by Atso Almila, Tomi Räisänen and Kai Nieminen, and Northlands, Album for horn and strings by Matthew Whittall. He has performed as a soloist of many Finnish orchestras. Hyytinen has released three critically-acclaimed solo discs. Northlands album in which Hyytinen plays Whittall's Northlands with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Nils Schweckendiek was chosen as the Album of the Year 2017 by Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE.

Hyytinen has given master classes in Hannover Musikhochscule and in Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. In addition to his work as a musician Hyytinen is also a certified Somatic Pilates instructor. He is specialized in the musicians' use of the body. His horn method "Playing from the Core" was released in 2016 and his method for all musicians "Sounding body" was released in 2018.

Playing from the Core

Playing from the Core – A New Method for Horn

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New, more comprehensive approach to horn playing. Playing from the Core consists of three parts: body, body and mind connection and balanced practice. The body chapter consists of optimal playing posture, natural coordination of respiratory muscles, voice production from the deep muscle layers of the body, cooperation of embouchure, tongue and larynx. In the body and mind connection chapter physiology of stress and anxiety, awareness and mental training supporting the playing, mental preparation for performance are surveyed. Balanced practice consists of quality, diversity and rhythm in training and new, more holistic exercises for horn player.

English version of the Playing from the Core method will be released in 2019.

“Congratulations to Tommi Hyytinen on his new “Playing from the Core Method”! By writing this book he has richly contributed to our literature on horn playing. All of his knowledge and experience both as a musical artist and an expert on the Pilates method of exercises are brought together in an original way. Tommi thus manages to explain and show us the benefit of both body and mental exercises in preparation for musical performance. He shares all his wisdom so generously that I have no doubt that all performing artists, especially brass and wind players as well as singers will profit enormously from reading it.

It is indeed a fascinating and comprehensive overview as well as a thorough analysis of all physical functions while playing. We learn about research in the field of anatomy and acquire a deeper understanding of our own body muscles. Correct, efficient and well coordinated use of our body is explained in depth. In order to prevent us from harm and injury there is a “checklist” of pitfalls such as bad posture, poor breathing and a general disbalance between the various parts of our body used while holding our instrument. A set of exercises will help with creating a daily routine.

As we search for more meaning in our daily creative artistic process, Tommi helps us on our way by offering a more spiritual and holistic approach. He emphasises the necessity for more general awareness which will help us fully develop our musical potential and talent. I warmly recommend this work to all fellow musicians and hope you will find as much joy and insight as did I.”
Radovan Vlatković


Tired Light

Tired Light – 21st Century Finnish Music for Horn

1. Johanna Eränkö (1981-): Tired Light for horn and piano (2010/2012)
2. Johanna Eränkö (1981-): FINITE for solo horn (2011)
3. Matthew Whittall (1975-): Points of Attraction for horn, violin and piano (2007)
4. Kai Nieminen (1953-): Elegy for horn and harp (2014)
5. Tommi Hyytinen (1977-): Streaming for horn and piano (2009)
6. Tomi Räisänen (1976-): Väki for solo horn & tape (2013)
7. Kai Nieminen (1953-): Hymnos II for solo horn (2008)
8. Kai Nieminen (1953-): Ancient Songs… (Dreaming of Queen of Sheba) for horn and piano (2008)
9. Tommi Hyytinen (1977-): Restless Longing for horn and harp (2008)

Tommi Hyytinen, horn
Päivi Severeide, harp
Pasi Eerikäinen, violin
Tuomas Turriago, piano
Emil Holmström, piano

Reflections of light

Reflections of Light – Finnish solo and duo pieces for horn 1976-2006

Perttu Haapanen (1972- )
1. Prism, for solo horn (2003-06)

Harri Wessman (1949-)
Sonata for French Horn and Piano
2. I. Adagio
3. II. Allegro

Eero Hämeenniemi (1951-)
4. Aria, for solo horn (1978)

Olli Kortekangas (1955-)
5. Threnody, for horn and piano (1977)

Eero Hämeenniemi (1951-)
6. Eroico – Meditativo – Pensieroso, for solo horn (2001)

Juho Kangas (1976-)
7. Duo kahdelle käyrätorvelle (2005-06)

Lauri Kilpiö (1974-)
8. Black Joy, for solo horn (1999)

Tommi Hyytinen (1977-)
9. Utu, for two horns (2006)

Usko Meriläinen (1930-2004)
10. Grandfather Benno’s Night Music, for solo horn (1976)

Tommi Hyytinen, horn
Tero Toivonen, horn
Tiina Laitila, piano

Mental folk

Mental Folk

  1. Swedish Suite, arr. Jukka Harju
  2. Bulgarian Suite, arr. Tuomo Eerikäinen
  3. Finnish Suite, arr. The Golden Horns
  4. Georgian Suite, arr. Matthew Whittall

The Golden Horns

Tuomo Eerikäinen, Jukka Harju, Tommi Hyytinen and Tero Toivonen

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Steps to the Past

Steps To The Past – The Horn of the Romantic Era

(Pieces played with natural horn, French horn, German horn and Vienna horn)
Louis-François Dauprat (1781–1868): Sonate en Fa Majeur pour Cor et Harpe
1.I Allegro con moto
2.II Andante

Charles Gounod (1818–1893): 6 pièces mélodiques originales
3.I Larghetto
4.V Andante

Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894):
5. Larghetto

Carl Reinecke (1824–1910):
6. Notturno op. 112

Alexander Glazunov (1865–1936):
7. Rêverieop. 24

Franz Strauss (1822-1905):
8. Nocturno op. 7

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908): Two duets
9. I Vivace
10. II Allegretto Scherzando

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908):
11. Notturno for four horns

Tommi Hyytinen, Natural horn, French horn, German horn and Vienna horn
Tiina Korhonen, Piano
Päivi Severeide, Harp
Tuomo Eerikäinen, Vienna horn

The Golden Horns: Tommi Hyytinen, Tero Toivonen, Jukka Harju and Tuomo
Eerikäinen, Vienna horns


H.B.Q. – Finnish Music for Brass Quintet

Jukka Linkola: Psalm (1995)

Timo Forsström: Majakkasaari (1991/2006)

Kai Nieminen: Atonáli (2008)

Tomi Räisänen: Ludi caeli (2010)

I. Praeambulum durum

II. Interludium intimum

III. Postludium profundum

Jukka Viitasaari: Strange Dreams (2009)

I. House on the Hill

II. Dream on!

III. Thunder in the East

Tommi Hyytinen: Sydänmailla (2010)

Miika Jämsä: Plagio (2006)

Tommi Hyytinen: Bounce (2007)

Tommi Hyytinen: Dr. TuRn (2008)

Oskar Merikanto: Soi vienosti murheeni soitto

Trad: Taivas on sininen ja valkoinen

Trad: Yksi ruusu on kasvanut laaksossa

Janne Ovaskainen: High Tech (2007)

Helsinki Brass Quintet

Janne Ovaskainen, trumpet
Ilkka Helanterä, trumpet
Tommi Hyytinen, horn
Sami Ruusuvuori, trombone
Miika Jämsä, tuba
Mikael Seire, drums

Joulun kellot

Jorma Hynninen, one of the greatest Finnish opera singers, with the Helsinki Brass Quartet (HBQ) perform a selection of most beloved Christmas songs from Finland and elsewhere.

Jorma Hynninen, baritone

Helsinki Brass Quartet

Janne Ovaskainen, trumpet
Tommi Hyytinen, horn
Sami Ruusuvuori, trombone
Miika Jämsä, tuba

Arctic Hysteria

Atso Almila (1953-): Wind Quintet 2 Arctic Hysteria (2006)

P.H.Nordgren (1944-2008):

The Good Samaritan Op. 141 (2007)

Wind Quintet No. 2 Op. 22 (1975)

Joonas Kokkonen (1921-1996): Wind Quintet (1973)

Arktinen Hysteria

Matti Närhinsalo, flute
Anni Haapaniemi, oboe
Christoffer Sundqvist, clarinet
Tommi Hyytinen, horn
Ann-Louise Wägar, bassoon

Jean Sibelius - Complete Works for Brass Septet

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Complete Works for Brass Septet

1. Overture in F minor
2. Allegro
3. Andantino
4. Minuet
5. Prelude
6. Tiera
7. War song of Tyrtaeus
8. March of the Finnish Jaeger Battalion

The Brass Septet Imperial

Harjanne, Jouko / Eb Cornet
Rautakoski Jorma / Bb Cornet
Saarinen, Miikka /Bb Cornet
Hyytinen, Tommi / alto horn
Ruusuvuori, Sami / tenor horn
Remell, Matts / euphonium
Lidsle, Harri / tuba

Songs Across The Political Divide


1.Trad: Oi kallis Suomenmaa, arr. A. Lybäck
2.Toivo Kuula (1883-1918): Nuijamiesten marssi, arr. A. Lybäck
3. Oskar Merikanto (1868-1924): Työväen marssi, arr. A. Lybäck
4. Pierre De Geyter (1848-1932): Kansainvälinen, arr. S. B. Lundelin
5. Axel von Kothen (1871-1927): Hymni, arr. A. Lybäck
6. Robert Kajanus (1856-1933): Sotamarssi, arr. A. Lybäck
7.Vasili Agapkin (1884-1964): Vapaa Venäjä (Slaavilaisnaisen jäähyväiset), arr. H. Raijas
8.Trad: Siirtolaismarssi, arr. A. Rope
9. Fredrik Pacius (1809-1891): Suomen laulu, arr. H. Fransman/Imperial
10. Armas Järnefelt (1869-1958): Topografikunnan marssi
11. Semjon Tshernetski (1881-1950): Elomme päivät, arr. K. Könni
11. Hannes Konno (1892-1942): Jää hyvästi isänmaa (Taistojen tiellä), arr. A. Lybäck
12.Trad: Narvan marssi, arr. A. Lybäck
13. Jean Sibelius (1865-1957): Jääkärimarssi, arr. S. Ruusuvuori
14. Trad: Punakaartin marssi, arr. H. Raijas
15. Stanislaw Magierski (1904-1957): Partisaanivalssi, arr. H. Anttiroiko
16. Karl Collan (1828-1871): Vaasan marssi, arr. A. Lybäck
17. Sam Sihvo (1892-1927): Muistoja Pohjolasta, arr. K. Könni
18. Trad: Venäläinen surumarssi (Vallankumouslaulu), arr. R. Ampuja
19. Trad: Barrikadimarssi, arr. H. Raijas
20. Fredrik Pacius (1809-1891): Sotilaspoika, arr. K. Könni
21. Oskar Merikanto (1868-1924): Nälkämaan laulu, arr. H. Anttiroiko
22. Anon: Suomalaisen ratsuväen marssi (Hakkapeliittojen marssi), arr. A. Lybäck
23. Trad: Elämää juoksuhaudoissa, arr. H. Fransman

Jouko Harjanne kornetti
Jorma Rautakoski, kornetti
Miikka Saarinen, kornetti
Tommi Hyytinen, alttotorvi
Sami Ruusuvuori, tenoritorvi
Matts Remell, baritonitorvi
Harri Lidsle, tuuba

Casper Lidsle, Tuomas Siddall



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