Eero Lehtimäki made his breakthrough by conducting the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in concert at Turku Music Festival in 2016. He has performed with almost all of the Finnish professional symphony orchestras and has worked as the artistic director of the Brinkhall Soi Music Festival since 2018.
Eero started his conducting studies in Jorma Panula’s class for young conductors in 2010 and finished his conducting studies at the Sibelius Academy in spring 2016. He has also studied orchestral and opera conducting in Vienna with Johannes Wildner, Simeon Pironkoff and Konrad Leitner. Eero has attended master classes of Jorma Panula and Valery Gergiev and studied privately with Hannu Lintu.
Before starting his conducting studies, Eero graduated from the Helsinki Conservatory of Music with clarinet and bass clarinet as main instruments. He has also studied the historical clarinets in Austria and Germany and performed with the Finnish Baroque Orchestra. Eero has been the artist in residence clarinetist at Iitti Music Festival annually since 2013 and he is still irregularly performing as soloist and musician with various orchestras and chamber music groups, and playing saxophone in big bands and theatres.