Kiiski is one of Finland’s most distinguished teachers of cello, instructing cellists at the Sibelius Academy since 1977 and educating several generations of new cellists.
Hannu Kiiski studied under Erkki Rautio and Arto Noras at the Sibelius Academy, completing his post-diploma education at the University of Michigan in 1973-1974 under professor Oliver Edel. He shared second place at the Turku Cello Competition in 1975 and 1978, and was a semi-finalist at the 1978 Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow and the 1979 Gaspar Cassado competition in Florence. He made his début concert in 1981.
He has performed both as a soloist and as a chamber musician with various ensembles in Finland, Germany, Austria, the UK, Spain and the USA. He is a member of Trio Finnico and the Total Cello Ensemble, which he founded in 1994. He has been performing regularly at Naantali Music Festival Kiiski for 15 years.