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Sami Ruusuvuori is the chief conductor of the Helsinki Police Symphonic Band. He has previously worked as the conductor of the Guard Band and the Chief Conductor of the Defence Forces Conscript Band.
His wide-ranging expertise extends not only to classical music but also to rhythm music. He has worked with almost all of Finland's star-artists.
Ruusuvuori has led orchestras on tours in the USA, Japan, Russia, Europe, the Baltic States and all the Nordic countries. He has also been a guest conductor in Europe, the Nordic countries, the Baltic countries, Russia and the USA. He has also served on the jury of numerous international competitions. As a teacher, he has worked at the Sibelius Academy and has lectured and taught at numerous other universities and master classes.
Ruusuvuori works closely with contemporary composers, regularly commissioning and conducting new music. Ruusuvuori has conducted thirteen recordings.
His own instruments are the trombone and tenor horn, with which he plays chamber music in the Helsinki Brass Quartet and the Solistiseitsikko Imperial. The ensembles have performed in Finland, the UK, Central and Eastern Europe and Russia, and have made six recordings.
Ruusuvuori graduated as the first wind conductor from the DocMus Doctoral Department of the Sibelius Academy at the University of the Arts Helsinki in the spring of 2022 with a doctorate in music. His doctoral thesis is entitled "Symphonic wind orchestra and European repertoire composed for it".