Kristian Sallinen (born 2001) is currently studying orchestral conducting under the guidance of Professor Sakari Oramo at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He was previously a student of Professor Jorma Panula and has also been taught by such conductors as Colin Metters, Susanna Mälkki, Hannu Lintu, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Esa-Pekka Salonen. As part of his conducting masterclasses he has had the opportunity to conduct the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Helsinki, Vaasa,Joensuu and Kuopio Philharmonic Orchestras (Finland), the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Sinfonietta.
Kristian Sallinen started playing the violin at the age of five in the Espoo Music Institute, but changed his instrument to viola in 2013. Sallinen studied in the Sibelius Academy Youth Department (2015-2020), first under the coaching of Teemu Kupiainen and later with Lilli Maijala. He has also taken masterclasses by Tabea Zimmermann, Antoine Tamestit, Yuval Gotlibovich and Hariolf Schlichtig.
Kristian Sallinen won the 3rd prize in the Finnish National Viola Competition in Tampere,2017, where he also received awards for the ”young and promising player” and the “best performance of a contemporary piece” which was then subsequently recorded for the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) in 2018. He was also named “Young Artist of the Hauho Music Festival” in 2018.
Sallinen plays viola in the Seele String Quartet. He has performed as a chamber musician in several festivals around Europe, and played as a soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the St. Michel Strings. His studies have been sponsored by many different Finnish foundations, such as the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Wihuri Foundation and the Wegelius Foundation.
Kristian Sallinen plays a Mantegazza viola from the 18th century, owned by the Sibelius Academy.