Sauli Saarinen (b. 1988) is finishing his master's studies of conducting at the Sibelius Academy with Lecturer Petri Komulainen. He has studied also in the Panula Academy with Professor Jorma Panula and in the orchestra conducting class of the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien with Professor Johannes Wildner.
Sauli's first performance as a conductor took place in the spring of 2019, when he worked as an assistant at the Musica Nova Helsinki festival in Juhani Nuorvala's Flash Flash opera and conducted the opera's premiere of the Espoo City Theater. In the same year, he was invited to conduct the Representative orchestra of the President of Finland for the orchestra's 200th anniversary festival in Helsinki. The concert included music by composers Holst, Weber, Merikanto, Linkola and Sibelius.
Sauli has participated in many master classes in Finland and abroad. In 2019, the Finnish Cultural Foundation awarded him a scholarship, which enabled him to travel to St. Petersburg to study Tchaikovsky's music under the guideance of Leonid Korchmar, the long-time conductor of the Mariinsky Theater. That same year, Sauli was invited to the Dartington Music Festival in England to study the music of Mozart, Britten and Stravinsky under the direction of Timothy Redmond and Graeme Jenkins.
Together with Jorma Panula, he has studied more traditional repertoire by composers Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius and Dvořák. He has also been taught by David Zinman, Osmo Vänskä, Hannu Lintu, Johannes Schlaefli, Jukka Iisakkila, Atso Almila, Felix Hauswirth and Nils Schweckendiek.
During his studies, he has conducted Helsinki City Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Dartington Festival Orchestra (England), MÁV Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Kuopio City Orchestra, Vaasa City Orchestra, Representative orchestra of the President of Finland, Polytechnic Orchestra and NYKY Ensemble.
Sauli's own instrument is trumpet. In 2012-2014, he worked as a principal trumpet, first in the Vaasa City Orchestra and then in the Pori Sinfonietta. He works as a sub-principal trumpet in the Representative orchestra of the President of Finland and plays the lead trumpet in the Guards Combo, which appears annually in a live broadcast of the Independence Day celebration reception (Linnan juhlat). Sauli has been a board member of the Finnish Trumpet Guild since 2019.
His studies have been supported by the Rutzy Foundation, the Sibelius Academy Foundation and the Finnish Cultural Foundation