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Tauno Hannikainen, Finnish conductor. Awarded 4 music-study scholarships. Decorated by Finnish Government.


Hannikainen, Tauno was born on February 26, 1896 in Jyvaskyla, Finland. Son of Pekka J. and Alli (Nikander) Hannikainen.


Student Helsinki University, 1914-1916, Sibelius Academy, 1914-1917. Doctor Music (honorary) American Conservatory Music, 1950. Studied cello in Paris, conducting in Vienna, Paris, Milan, and Berlin, 1924-1930.


Cellist Helsinki Symphony Orchestra, 1916-1917 and 1918-1919. Conductor Finnish Opera, Helsinki, 1921-1927. Conductor Turku Symphony, Finland, 1927-1940.

Conductor Helsinki Symphony, 1941. Conductor Duluth Symphony Orchestra, 1942-1947. Guest conductor leading orchestras, Stockholm, 1936, Riga, Latvia, 1936, 37, 39, Berlin, 1937, Leipzig, 1937, Warsaw, 1939, Boston, 1938, 40, Philadelphia, 1940, Detroit, 1940, 1941, 1942, Buffalo, 1945.

Minneapolis and Toronto, 1946, 47. Guest conductor Chicago Symphony Orchestra, twenty-five concerts, 1946-1947. Guest conductor Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festivals, 1946, 47.

Appointed associate conductor, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1948-1950. Appointed mus. director and conductor Helsinki Symphony 1951. Appeared in chamber music concerts with brothers in Scandinavian and other European countries.

Guest conductor Houston Symphony, Baltimore Symphony National Symphony Washington, 1948, Vienna (Wiener Philharmoniker), Belgrade (Yugoslovia), Gothenburg and Malmo (Sweden), Oslo and Bergen (Norway) 1951-1952. London (London Symphony Orchestra) 1952.


Married Arvida Niskanen, 1922.

Pekka J. Hannikainen

Alli (Nikander) Hannikainen

Arvida Niskanen