Teemu Honkanen is known as a versatile musician. He studied orchestral conducting at the Sibelius Academy between 1994 and 1999 under Atso Almila, Eri Klas, Jorma Panula and Leif Segerstam. He received his orchestral conducting diploma in 1999, and in the following year also his diploma in choral conducting, which he had studied under the guidance of Matti Hyökki. In addition, he has a diploma in cello.
Honkanen has conducted most of the professional orchestras in Finland, such as Helsinki, Tampere and Turku Philharmonic Orchestras, both Lahti and Oulu Symphony Orchestras. In Scandinavia, Honkanen has conducted among others the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and Oslo Sinfonietta.As choral conductor Teemu Honkanen has worked as artistic director of Stockholm Baroque Choir and St. Matthew’s Choir (Stockholm). Since 2009 he has been the artistic director of Key Ensemble in Turku. In 2002, Honkanen won first prize in the national competition for choral conducting at the VocalEspoo festival in Finland.