Sauli Saarinen (b. 1988) is a versatile musician who has worked in several Finnish ensembles and orchestras as a trumpet player and a conductor. He has studied trumpet at the Conservatoire of Tampere and conducting at the Sibelius Academy, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and with Jorma Panula at the ‘Panula Academy’. He received his master’s degree in Conducting at the Sibelius Academy in 2022.
In 2012-2014, Saarinen worked as a principal trumpet, first in the Vaasa City Orchestra and then in the Pori Sinfonietta. Since 2014, he has worked as a sub-principal trumpet in the Representative orchestra of the President of Finland, which appears annually in a live broadcast of the Independence Day celebration reception (Linnan juhlat).
First appearance as a conductor happened in the spring of 2019 when he conducted the Juhani Nuorvala's Flash Flash 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. In the Autumn of 2021, with just a week's notice, Saarinen conducted the world premiere of the Tze Yeung Ho's contemporary opera Minn(i)e in Tallinn Estonia. In recent years, he has also performed new Finnish music for brass with his ensemble Helsinki Symphonic Brass.
During his studies, he has conducted Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Dartington Festival Orchestra (UK), MÁV Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Kuopio City Orchestra, Vaasa City Orchestra, Representative orchestra of the President of Finland, Polytechnic Orchestra, NYKY Ensemble and all the Finnish military orchestras.
Saarinen has been selected to Masterclasses with Jorma Panula, David Zinman, Osmo Vänskä, Hannu Lintu, Johannes Schlaefli, Johannes Wildner, Petri Komulainen, Jukka Iisakkila, Atso Almila, Felix Hauswirth, Petri Sakari, Nils Schweckendiek, Leonid Korchmar, Timothy Redmond and Graeme Jenkins.
"His leadership for the orchestra is very natural and musical."
9.1.2020 Jorma Panula
Professor emeritus, Sibelius Academy
"Sauli’s warm and humane attitude towards fellow musicians has made a big impact on me and my colleagues."
24.1.2020 Atso Almila
Retired Professor of Conducting, Sibelius Academy
"I was very impressed with his ability to rehearse the orchestra quickly and effectively, his clear stick technique as well as his musical instincts. He clearly has a lot of natural ability and potential."
26.1.2020 Osmo Vänskä
Music Director, Minnesota Orchestra
Music Director, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra