Pasi Pirinen

Photo: Maarit Kytöharju

The Finnish trumpeter Pasi Pirinen is the Professor of Brass Instruments at the Sibelius Academy and has the position of the Principal Trumpet at the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. 

In 1995-2005 Pirinen had the position of the Principal Trumpet at the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. His first orchestral engagements were in the position of the Principal Trumpet at the Córdoba Symphony and at the San Luis Chamber Orchestra in Argentina. Pirinen is also a member of the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra.

In 1998 Pirinen won 1st Prize in the ITG Ellsworth Smith Trumpet Competition in the US and in 1987 2nd Prize in the Concertino Praga Competition. He was chosen 'Brass Player of the Year' in 1999 by Lieksa Brass Festival in Finland.

Pirinen regularly teaches masterclasses in major music institutions in Europe, Asia, South America and the US, and has served as a member of jury in prestigious international trumpet competitions including Theo Charlier in Brussels, Città di Porcia in Italy and the International Trumpet Guild competitions.

As an active orchestral soloist and recitalist Pirinen has played first performances of several contemporary works, including the concertos by Erik Bergman, Jouni Kaipainen and Harri Wessman. Performances in the contemporary genre also include the trumpet concerto by Peter Maxwell-Davies, Requiem by Hans Werner Henze and Luciano Berio’s Sequenza X.

Pirinen’s latest album, of trumpet concertos by Haydn, Kaipainen and Tomasi with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Hannu Lintu, was released in October 2014 on the Alba label.

Pirinen studied under John Miller at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London from where he graduated in 1992. Additional studies took him to study in Cleveland, US with Michael Sachs and to Paris with Antoine Curé.

Pasi Pirinen is a Yamaha artist.