Olli Hirvonen

Olli H.

Brooklyn, NY

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Olli delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
August 2008


I'm now accepting students at my studio in Bushwick, and also willing to travel pretty much anywhere in NYC! All skill levels are welcomed. The lessons will be fully tailored to students individual needs, but overall the main focus will be the mechanics of the guitar, which can be applied to all styles of music. This includes learning the notes on the fretboard, different picking and fretting techniques, and learning to read music on the guitar.

My qualifications include a Master's Degree in Jazz Guitar from the Manhattan School of Music. I've also been playing and teaching all around the world since 2008!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Here's some biographical info if you're interested:

Olli H. is a Finnish jazz guitarist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. He is one of the most accomplished Finnish guitarist of his generation, having already been chosen as the Artist of the Year of the Pori International Jazz Festival 2011 and having an international career well on it’s way.

Born in the city of Lappeenranta, a lakeside town in southeast Finland, he began his musical studies at the age of nine at the local music institute with classical guitar and piano.

After finishing high school in 2008, H. began his studies at the prestigious jazz department of Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he got to study with Tim Hagans, Raoul Björkenheim and Teemu Viinikainen. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in June 2011.

In August 2011 he relocated to New York City to pursue his Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where he had a chance to study with such jazz luminaries as Rodney Jones, Dave Liebman, Jim McNeely, John Riley and Phil Markowitz. His curriculum there also included composing classical and electro-acoustic music. He graduated in the spring of 2013 with excellent grades.

H. has been performing with his own ensembles all around the world since 2008. These performances include festivals in Finland and abroad, including the Kennedy Center Nordic Cool 2013 Festival, UCLA European Jazz Festival, Sounds NEW Contemporary Music festival in UK, the main stage of Pori Jazz, the most famous jazz festival of Finland, and Tudengijazz in Estonia, and numerous clubs in New York and around, such as Cornelia St. Cafe, Bar Next Door, Bitter End, Stone Pony, Rockwood Music Hall and Caffe Vivaldi.

H. was nominated as the Artist of the Year of the Pori Jazz 2011 festival, which is one of the highest and the most visible recognitions in the Finnish jazz scene. Included in the award, his trio also worked as the house band for the 2011 festival.

The other ensembles he has been performing with are the international sextet Life Size, the trio Ohne, a winner of the Finnish Young Nordic Jazz Comets competition of 2010, and the big bands Umo Jazz Orchestra and The Great Helsinki Swing Big Band.

H’s debut album Detachment was released in April 2014.

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Guitar teacher
Aug 2010 - May 2011
Malmi Music School, Helsinki, Finland

Teaching private lessons for kids aged 7 to 15.

Substitute teacher, Guitar
Feb 2011 - Feb 2011
Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory

Private lessons


Master of Music, Jazz Guitar
Aug 2011 - May 2013
Manhattan School of Music
Bachelor of Music, Jazz Guitar
Aug 2008 - Jun 2011
Sibelius Academy


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Artist of the Year
Jul 2011
Pori Jazz

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Photo by Olli H.

Photo by Olli H.

Photo by Olli H.

Photo by Olli H.

Olli Hirvonen Trio - Lightness

Live at the Bar Next Door, NYC 2013.
RED REITER - Opening/The Gift

Live at Pete's Candy Store, Brooklyn 2014.
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