A composition at its best has everything. The entire life in a single moment. This is how composer Sauli Zinovjev (1988) sees it.

Since graduating from the Sibelius-Academy he has been focusing mainly on orchestral music with commissions and performances by distinguished orchestras such as the Finnish and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras, Philharmonic Orchestras of Tampere, Turku, Lahti, Oulu and Tapiola & Kymi Sinfoniettas in collaboration with some of the frontline conductors and soloists such as Klaus Mäkelä and Pekka Kuusisto.

Zinovjev composes music that conveys vast emotions. The kind of music which also made him a composer. Until the age of sixteen, he played in a rock band. Practised the guitar and skateboarded. Then he saw a clip online with György Cziffra performing Liszt.

“It was as if wallpaper had been torn off the wall revealing a window to an open landscape. The euphoria and the virtuoso performance left a fanatic impression on me. To have the ability to inject so much art into a single moment. The entire spectrum of life.”

Zinovjev uses classical music to make his view of the world intelligible. To convey it – life – to others.

“In art no rules exist. Any musical idea may be preceeded and followed by anything.”
Sauli Zinovjev in Rondo 2/2017


“Zinovjev’s music is characterized by an intensity that is unusually strong, and there is also a developed melodic dimension that is almost rare among colleagues.” Wilhelm Kvist, HBL

“Sauli Zinovjev’s orchestral music expresses deep feelings with slow and powerfull moves.” Auli Särkiö-Pitkänen, Rondo

“Sauli Zinovjev is exceptionally gifted composer […] The music is vital, fresh, beautiful -and loaded with significance.” Harri Hautala, Aamulehti