Clarinetist Lauri Sallinen is known for his distinctive interpretations of both classical and modern repertoire. As a chamber musician he is one of the most sought-after clarinetists in Finland, and he frequently performs at the music festivals in Finland and Scandinavia. In addition to numerous Finnish chamber music festivals, such as Kuhmo Chamber Music, Time of Music and Our Festival, he has appeared e.g. at Classic Con Brio -festival in Osnabrück, Ultima Festivalen in Oslo and MATA Festival in New York.
As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras including Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Joensuu City Orchestra and Saimaa Sinfonietta, performing the world premieres of the clarinet concertos by Mikko Nisula and Markku Klami, as well as the Finnish premieres of solo works by Benjamin Britten and Enno Poppe. Most recently he has toured with his own orchestra projects, in which he acts as a soloist, conductor and music arranger.
A key element of Sallinen's musical personality is his close collaboration with contemporary composers. He performs actively new music with Uusinta Ensemble (Helsinki), Ensemble Temporum (Oslo) and MikroEnsemble, which is specialized in microtonal music. He is also an artistic director of Kaivos Festival 2017. At the moment he is most passionate about the performance side of music: he is currently working on a solo performance "Solitude" in which a solo concert metamorphoses into a contemporary dance performance, by adding choreography, sound design and interactive video design.
Sallinen obtained his master’s degree at the Sibelius Academy under Kari Kriikku and François Benda, after which he studied with Charles Neidich at the Manhattan School of Music.