Antti Tikkanen was born in Oulainen, Finland and began to study the violin at the age of seven. His first teacher at the Jokilaakso Music Institute was Tomasz Orzech. From there on he studied in the Kuhmo Violin School with Professor Zinaida Gilels, at the Sibelius Academy with Lajos Garam, Mi-Kyung Lee and Kreeta-Maria Kentala and for a short period he also studied in the Lyon CNSM with Pavel Vernikov.
Antti Tikkanen has performed with numerous Finnish orchestras, including the Finnish Radio Symphony, Tapiola Sinfonietta and the Helsinki Philharmonic.
Tikkanen has performed extensively around the world’s music festivals as a chamber musician, soloist or a member of an ensemble. Antti is also a member of the internationally well-known Finnish String Quartet Meta4.
Antti Tikkanen plays a Stradivarius violin ”ex Berglund” kindly on loan from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.