Eero Lehtimäki (b. 1989) made his breakthrough by conducting the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in concert at Turku Music Festival in 2016. In 2017 he makes his debut with Tapiola Sinfonietta, Sinfonia Lahti, Kymi Sinfonietta, Oulu Sinfonia, Kuopio City Orchestra and Joensuu City Orchestra, among others. He is the co-founder of the wind ensemble Aava Winds, which performs classical and contemporary music originally composed for winds. 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 and Petri Sakari. Before starting his conducting studies, Eero graduated from the Helsinki Conservatory of Music with clarinet and bass clarinet as main instruments, and he has also studied the historical clarinets in Austria and Germany. 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. In addition to his work as conductor and musician, he studies acoustics at Aalto University, Helsinki.