Asko Hyvärinen (b. 1963 in Finland) studied percussion and music theory at the Pop/Jazz Conservatory of Oulunkylä (1986-1990) and at the Turku Conservatory (1991-1996), and later studied musicology at the University of Turku (since 1996). He also studied composition at the University of Turku and pursued private studies with Jyrki Linjama, Harri Suilamo, Mikko Heiniö, Tapio Nevanlinna and Helmut Lachenmann, among others. He took part in composition courses in France (Centre Acanthes, Avignon), Germany (Darmstadt), Finland (The Summer Academy of Viitasaari), and also participated in composition workshops of Turku Philharmonic Orchestra.
He is a winner of important scholarships in Finland (National Council for Music, City of Turku, Arts Council of Finland, Sibelius Foundation, etc.).
Asko Hyvärinen’s works have been performed in the Northern countires, in Central Europe, in Japan and in Canada. His piece Obscure Counters was selected for the festival programme of the Days of New Music, XII Edition in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (2003).
He is a visiting lecturer of contemporary music since 1999: Sibelius Academy (Kuopio and Helsinki), Turku Conservatory, Puolala Music High School (Turku), University of Turku.