Sauli Saarinen graduated as an orchestra trumpet player from the Conservatoire of Tampere in 2010 and since then he has played both classical and jazz trumpet in various Finnish orchestras. Between 2012-2014 he worked as a principal trumpet in the Vaasa City Orchestra and in the Pori Sinfonietta. Sauli plays trumpet in the Guards Combo, which is famous for its participation of the Presidential Independence Day Reception in Finland. He is a board member of the Finnish Trumpet Guild in 2019.
In May 2019 Sauli graduated as a Bachelor of Music from the Sibelius Academy´s conducting department with excellent grades. His first notable performance as a conductor took place in the same spring when he was working as an assistant in the contemporary opera 'Flash Flash' by composer Juhani Nuorvala at the Musica Nova Helsinki Festival. Sauli conducted two out of five performances, including the premiere of the Espoo city theatre.
During his studies at the Sibelius Academy, Sauli has conducted the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, the Vaasa City Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, the Dartington Festival Orchestra, the Polytech Orchestra Finland, the Nyky Ensemble, the Finnish Symphonic Wind Band Sisu, the Helsinki Police Band, and all the military orchestras of the Finnish Defense Forces.
He has participated in many conducting masterclasses in which he has been taught by Jorma Panula, David Zinman, Hannu Lintu, Osmo Vänskä, Johannes Schlaefli, Leonid Korchmar, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Atso Almila, Timothy Redmond, Graeme Jenkins, Nils Schweckendiek, Markus Lehtinen, Arturo Alvarado, Jukka Iisakkila, Petri Sakari, Toomas Kapten, Johannes Gustavsson, Morten Wensberg, Paul Niemisto and David Claudio. Sauli is continuing his studies in the Academy´s Master´s degree programme under the guidance of lector Petri Komulainen.
In 2018 he made his debut 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.
Sauli's studies are supported by Rutzy Foundation, The Sibelius Academy Foundation and The Finnish Cultural Foundation.