Tommi Hyytinen (b. 1977) is Finnish horn soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. He is one of the most versatile horn players of his generation. Hyytinen is specialized both in modern music and in period instrument playing.

Hyytinen works at the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra as a horn player and at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki as a horn and natural horn teacher. He is also a member 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 founding member of Arktinen Hysteria Quintet, The Golden Horns quartet, Helsinki Brass Quartet, period wind quintet Zetes and period brass quintet Raiku. Composing and arranging are an important part of his musicianship. 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, Olli Virtaperko, Uljas Pulkkis and Kai Nieminen, and Northlands, Album for horn and strings by Matthew Whittall. 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 at Hochschule für Musik Hannover, Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Royal Northern College of Music Manchester, Lithuanian Academy of Music and 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 "Soiton ydin" was released in 2016 and his method for all musicians "Soiva keho" was released in 2018. Hyytinen's horn method in English "Playing from the Core" was published in 2021. Years 2022-23 Hyytinen was a member of the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society.

Solistic repertoire:

Matthew Whittall: Northlands, Album for Horn and Strings (2010)

Kai Nieminen: To Touch Upon Other Times, Concerto for Horn, Harp and Strings (2010)

Atso Almila: Horn Concerto (2013), for horn and symphony orchestra

Tomi Räisänen: Smash!t, Concerto for Solo Horn, Ensemble, Tape and Video (2016)

Olli Virtaperko: Moiré, Concerto for Natural Horn and Baroque Orchestra (2020)

Olli Virtaperko: Moiré, Concerto for Natural Horn and Chamber Orchestra (2021/2020)

Uljas Pulkkis: Sonority, Concerto for Horn and Wind Orchestra (2021)


Arctic Hysteria Wind Quintet
The Golden Horns
Helsinki Brass Quartet
Period Brass Quintet Raiku
Period Wind Quintet Zetes
Brass Septet Imperial

Playing from the Core


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Playing from the Core is a new method for practicing the French horn.

With an in-depth understanding of the traditions and history of French horn technique, Tommi Hyytinen brings new perspectives to instrumental practice by examining the interaction of mind and body and incorporating these insights into his method. The body is perhaps a musician’s primary instrument, and it is important to become intimately acquainted with this instrument. A thorough understanding of the body makes many musical and technical challenges easier to overcome.

Hyytinen also provides comprehensive advice on preparing for a performance and on overcoming stage fright. For instance, understanding the physiology of stress and performance-related nerves helps us better to understand nervousness as a natural state. By employing a range of physical and mental exercises, we learn to control nervous reactions and turn them into something that, rather than hindering, can in fact help and improve our performances. In addition to presenting a wealth of factual information and physical exercises, the book contains many informative illustrations, playing exercises, and an etude exploring different aspects of French horn technique.

Through the presentation of information, exercises and examples, Playing from the Core brings students to a realisation that everyone can improve on the technical and musical challenges they face.Tommi Hyytinen is an experienced professional musician and teacher, and he instructs musicians in the holistic use of the body.The exercises presented in the book form part of his own daily practice routine and teaching material.

“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.”

— RadovanVlatković

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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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