Jaakko Olkinuora is both a trained musician and a musicologist-theologian. He has a Master’s degree in music education and vocal pedagogy from Sibelius Academy, Finland (2012), a Master’s degree in Orthodox Church music and theology from University of Joensuu, Finland (2009), and a specialization in early vocal music from Metropolia University of Applied Science, Finland (2013). As the chairman of the Finnish Society of Byzantine Music, he is also known as a promoter of Byzantine music and musicology in Finland, having finished the diploma of Byzantine music in Greece (under the tuition of Ioannis Liakos, 2008). Currently, Olkinuora is preparing his doctoral dissertation on Byzantine hymnography and works as a researcher and part-time lecturer in the University of Eastern Finland. He also performs Baroque and Byzantine music and conducts his own ensembles, Ortofonia and Ilosanoma.
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