Heikki has over 40 years of teaching experience on all levels.
He studied music at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston.
He was selected Finland’s #1 Jazz Trumpet Player in 1975-76, and has received several Finnish grants for composing music. He has recorded several feature albums and has participated in many professional recordings. Other credits include conducting the LASER ORCHESTRA for multimedia performances at San Francisco State University,scoring music for several independent films, and conducting the ASCAP 33 piece studio orchestra in Hollywood.
His teaching positions include:
- Eleven years at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Palo Alto (K-8)
- Four years at Gateway Charter High School in San Francisco
- Thirteen years at Live Oak School (K-8) in San Francisco
- He was also an itinerant music teacher for all the Mill Valley public elementary schools for several years
- In Finland he was one of the original teachers at the renowned Sibelius Academy’s Jazz Department
- Heikki is a recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Award for excellence in Arts in Education
He also has a Masters in Civil Engineering from the Aalto University in Finland.