Sauli Saarinen (b. 1988) is a Finnish Conductor and Trumpet Player. His conducting debut 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 the coming season, he will work as a first conductor in the new musical Lumen Taju, which will have its world premiere in Helsinki at January 2023.

Saarinen received his Masters degree in Wind Conducting at the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland) in 2022. He has also studied Choir Conducting and Symphony Orchestra Conducting in the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. During his Sibelius Academy years, he also studied with Jorma Panula at the ‘Panula Academy’.

Saarinen 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 guidance of Leonid Korchmar, the long-time conductor of the Mariinsky Theater. That same year, Saarinen was invited to the Dartington Summer Music Festival in the UK 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. In addition to this, he has be selected to Masterclasses with David Zinman, Osmo Vänskä, Hannu Lintu, Johannes Schlaefli, Jukka Iisakkila, Atso Almila, Andrew Parrot, Felix Hauswirth, Petri Sakari and Nils Schweckendiek.

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 and NYKY Ensemble.

Saarinen's own instrument is the trumpet. In 2012-2014, he worked as a principal trumpet, first in the Vaasa City Orchestra and then in the Pori Sinfonietta. He now works 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). Saarinen is a board member of the Finnish Trumpet Guild and the Finnish Wind Band Association. His studies and projects have been generously supported by the Rutzy Foundation, the Sibelius Academy Foundation

and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

"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