Sauli Saarinen (b.1988) started his conducting studies at the Sibelius Academy in September 2016. The following year, he started participating in the conducting masterclasses of Jorma Panula 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 Guards Band at its 200th-anniversary celebration festival in Helsinki.

Sauli´s teachers during his studies and masterclasses include Jorma Panula, David Zinman, Osmo Vänskä, Johannes Schlaefli, Hannu Lintu, Leonid Korchmar, Atso Almila, Timothy Redmond, Graeme Jenkins, Petri Komulainen, Nils Schweckendiek, Markus Lehtinen, Arturo Alvarado, Jukka Iisakkila, Petri Sakari, Toomas Kapten, Johannes Gustavsson, Morten Wensberg, Paul Niemisto and David Claudio. In May 2019 he graduated as a Bachelor of Music with excellent grades and is now continuing his Master´s Degree under the guidance of 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, Polytech Orchestra Finland, Nyky Ensemble, Finnish Symphonic Wind Band Sisu, Helsinki Police Band, and all the military orchestras of the Finnish Defense Forces. He conducts regularly the Tapiola Entertainment Orchestra and the Apollo Wind Band.

In the years 2012-2014, Sauli worked as a principal trumpet in the Vaasa City Orchestra and the Pori Sinfonietta. He is currently working as an associate principal trumpet in the Guards Band Finland (the Representative Orchestra of the President of the Republic of Finland). He also plays the first trumpet in the Guards Combo, which is famous for its participation in the Presidential Independence Day Reception in Finland. He has been a board member of the Finnish Trumpet Guild since 2019.​

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 in a live broadcast (2,3 million viewers) by the Guards Band at the Presidential Independence Day Reception in Finland.


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

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