Hannu Annala began his guitar studies in 1971 at the Music Institute of Central Ostrobothnia (Kokkola, Finland). He continued his music studies in 1974 at the Sibelius Academy with Ivan Putilin and Jukka Savijoki and received his guitar diploma in 1982 with excellent grades. Annala furthered his studies in master classes with Oscar Ghiglia, John W. Duarte, Goran Sollscher, Konrad Ragossnig, and Vladimir Mikulka. Mr. Annala is a guitar lecturer at the Conservatory of Central Ostrobothnia and teaches at the Department of Arts in Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences in Kokkola, Finland. He also teaches regularly in guitar workshops and classes at the Helsinki Summer University and at the Ostrobothnian Summer University. As a guitarist, Hannu Annala has performed in Finland, Estonia, Italy, and Sweden. He has made recordings for Finnish Radio and appeared on television in Finland and Sweden. He has also lectured on guitar subjects in Finland, Sweden, and Denmark.