"His leadership for the orchestra is very natural and musical."
Jorma Panula, 9.1.2020
Sauli Saarinen (b. 1988) started his conducting studies at the Sibelius Academy in 2016. The following year, he got accepted into Jorma Panula´s masterclasses at the Panula Academy.
His first notable performance took place in 2019 when he was working as an assistant conductor in the contemporary opera ’FLASH FLASH’ by composer Juhani Nuorvala at the Musica Nova Helsinki Festival. He conducted two out of five performances, including the premiere of the Espoo city theatre. In June 2019, he was invited to conduct the Representative Orchestra of the President of Finland at its 200th-anniversary celebration festival in Helsinki. The 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 legendary 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.
He is a regular in Jorma Panula´s masterclasses in Finland, with him Sauli has worked on more traditional repertoire such as Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, and Dvorak. In addition to all the others, Sauli has also been taught by David Zinman, Osmo Vänskä, Hannu Lintu, Johannes Schlaefli, Ari Rasilainen, Atso Almila, and Nils Schweckendiek. In May 2019, he graduated as a Bachelor of Music with excellent grades and is now finishing his master´s degree under the guidance of lector Petri Komulainen.
During his studies at the Academy, Sauli has conducted the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Vaasa City Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Dartington Festival Orchestra, Representative Orchestra of the President of Finland, Polytech Orchestra Finland, Finnish YMCA Symphony Orchestra, Nyky Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Band Sisu and Helsinki Police Band.
Sauli has also studied orchestral arrangement and composition at the Sibelius Academy under the guidance of Vladimir Agopov. 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. 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.
Sauli´s own instrument is trumpet. He graduated as an orchestra trumpet player from the Conservatory of Tampere in 2010 and since then, he has worked as a freelance trumpeter in various Finnish orchestras. He currently holds a position of a principal trumpet in the Representative Orchestra of the President of Finland.
Sauli's studies are supported by Rutzy Foundation, The Sibelius Academy Foundation and The Finnish Cultural Foundation.