Antti Kaarlo Henrikki Saarinen 

double bassist


a brief history of my profession

I was born in Salo Finland 1966. I have studied at the University of Turku, Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory of Music, Sofia Music Academy and West Helsinki Music Institute. Currently, I work full-time as a chamber musician in my company.

I graduated in Hermanni upper secondary school and joined the army 1986 which is compulsory in Finland. I served in yhe Navy Band of the Archipelago Sea Naval Command playing double bass and some percussions. 

Before it I studied double bass at Salo music school. It was year 1987 when I begun at Turku University in the institute of musicology. For me it was a little bit too theoretical  and I urged to Ostrobothian conservatory.

Ostrobothian conservatory is known by high quality in string music as well as in winds and vocals. I was there about five years studying double bass as main subject under supervision of Timo Miettinen. In the year of 1992 I had an opportunity to sign in to The State Academy of Music in Sofia. For that I got a Bulgaria state scholarship via CIMO.

Todor Toshev, the legendary professor in double bass, was my teacher there. When I came back to Finland 1993 honourable mr Jiri Parviainen, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra,  took me under his "guiding wings". In 1995 I made B ( Sibelius Academy system) -examination for the Ostrobothnian conservatory with exellent. Meanwhile I made periods in Helsinki Filharmony as assistant bassist.

Year 1995 - 1996 I was a deputy co-principal bassist in Umeå orchestra which is allso orchestra of Norrlands opera. During that time I got an intresting invitation to the Cyprus State Orchestra.

I was very pleased to work in there but forcing family reasons made this period last only for six months. After that I continued studying bass and made short periods in HPO and some other Finnish orchestras and allso in Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Norway.

I have performed as a soloist of an orchestra for example in Kaustinen Chamber Musik Festival and som conserts.

I was at the Kouvola Theatre (Kouvolan teatteri) in the play "Kaikki peliin" 2011-2012 double bass player and in the play "Sydämeni laulu" 2012-2013, double bass player as well.

At present I make approximately 200 chamber concerts a year with my dear wife; violinist Sari Saarinen. But still every now and then I play at the orchestras for exempel Mikkeli and Lappeenranta.

Hobbies: TV, outdoors exercise, sauna

updated 10.2.2014, Antti Saarinen


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