Kaarlo Hildén is Dean of the Faculty of Classical Music at the Sibelius-Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, since 2010. He studied music education, piano, voice and music theory at the Sibelius-Academy. After graduating in 1997 he was appointed Lecturer in piano improvisation and accompaniment first at Helsinki Conservatory and later at Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia. He also taught music theory and piano at the Sibelius-Academy. In 2000 he was appointed Manager of the new Degree Programme in Music at the Helsinki Polytechnic Stadia, and 2007 as Programme Manager at the Hanasaari Cultural Centre. Alongside these teaching and management tasks he has been active in developing international collaboration between higher education institutions in different areas.