Finnish conductor and musician

Sauli Saarinen (b. 1988) graduated as an orchestra trumpet player in 2010 from the Conservatory of Tampere and since then, he has worked as a freelance trumpeter in various Finnish orchestras. His conducting studies started at the Sibelius Academy in 2016 under the guidance of lector Petri Komulainen. The following year, he started studying at the Panula Academy with professor Jorma Panula. He is currently studying under the guidance of professor Johannes Wildner at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

Conducting debut took place in the spring 2019 when Sauli was working as an assistant in the contemporary opera 'Flash Flash' by Juhani Nuorvala at the Musica Nova Helsinki Festival and conducted the opera's premiere of the Espoo City Theatre. In the same year, he was invited to conduct the Representative Orchestra of the President of Finland at its 200th-anniversary celebration festival in Helsinki. The highly succesful concert included music from Holst, Weber, Merikanto, Linkola, and Sibelius.

Sauli has attended many masterclasses in Finland and abroad. In 2019, he received a scholarship from the Finnish Cultural Foundation and traveled to St. Petersburg to study Tchaikovsky´s music under the guidance Leonid Korchmar, who is a long time conductor in the Mariinsky theater. The same year, Sauli was invited to the Dartington Music Festival in England to study Mozart, Britten, and Stravinsky under the guidance of Timothy Redmond and Graeme Jenkins.

With Jorma Panula, Sauli has worked on more traditional repertoire such as Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, and Dvorak. 

In addition to all the others, Sauli has been taught by David Zinman, Osmo Vänskä, Hannu Lintu, Johannes Schlaefli, Ari Rasilainen, Jukka Iisakkila, Atso Almila, and Nils Schweckendiek.

During his studies at the Academy, Sauli has conducted the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Dartington Festival Orchestra, MÁV Symphony Orchestra (Budapest), Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Vaasa City Orchestra, Representative Orchestra of the President of Finland, Polytech Orchestra Finland, Finnish YMCA Symphony Orchestra and Nyky Ensemble.

Sauli has also studied orchestral arrangement and composition at the Sibelius Academy under the guidance of Vladimir Agopov. In 2018, he made his first appearance as a composer when he participated in an overture composition contest held by the Finnish Defence Forces. His composition ’Concert Overture for Symphonic Band’ won the third prize in the finals, which were held at the Finlandia Hall, Helsinki. In 2019, his composition 'Adagio' was performed by the president´s orchestra in a live broadcast (2,3 million viewers) at the Presidential Independence Day Reception in Finland. In 2020, Sauli won the first prize with his composition 'Festival Music' in the first Pirkanmaan Pinna composition contest in Finland.

Sauli's studies are supported by Rutzy Foundation, The Sibelius Academy Foundation and The Finnish Cultural Foundation.

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