− My best experience with the orchestra so far was playing a concert in the new concert hall in Helsinki, my hometown.Tuomo Savolainen
- Member since: 2010
- Born: 1982 in Finland
- Education: Studied with Csaba Szilvay and Lasse Lagercrantz at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and Rinat Ibragimov at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, master classes with Duncan McTier, Esko Laine, Niek de Groot and Stefano Sciascia.
- Other: Member of the EU Youth Orchestra for two years, worked as a substitute in all the Finnish symphony orchestras, including solo bass in the Helsinki Philharmonic and alt. solo in the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Double bass player Tuomo Savolainen grew up in Finland’s capital Helsinki with a great deal of music at home:
− I have been playing since I was a child, and my two elder sisters are also musicians, so it was natural for me to follow in their footsteps when I was making my own choice of career, he says.
He studied music at the Sibelius Academy in his hometown, and was an exchange student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
− I have been very lucky and have had good teachers all the way, among them Lasse Lagercrantz in Helsinki and Rinat Ibragimov in London.
Playing a in the hometown was a highlight
Tuomo played in the European Youth Orchestra, and worked as a substitute in several Finnish orchestras, among them the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, before he was engaged by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in 2010.
− What makes me the most happy in my work as a musician is the opportunity to work with skilled and friendly colleagues, he says.
He counts Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky among his favourite composers. As a listener he considers it useful to read about the history of the works being performed in advance of a concert. He had his own greatest experience in the Oslo Philharmonic when on tour:
− My best experience with the orchestra so far was playing a concert in the new concert hall in Helsinki, my hometown.
When he isn’t playing, Tuomo enjoys spending time with his family, especially his son, who was born in September 2015.