Trumpeter Pasi Pirinen started his instrumental studies in Tornio, Finland and later attended the junior department of Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He studied under Prof. John Miller at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London from where he graduated in 1992. Private studies took him to study in Cleveland, US with Michael Sachs and in Paris with Antoine Curé.
In 1998 Pirinen won 1st Prize in the ITG Ellsworth Smith Trumpet Competition in the US and in 1987 2nd Prize in the Concertino Praga Competition. He was chosen 'Brass Player of the Year' by the Lieksa Brass Festival in Finland in 1999.
Pirinen is Professor of Brass Instruments at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and has been Principal Trumpet of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra since 2005.
From 1995 until 2005 he was Principal Trumpet of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. His first orchestral engagements were as Principal Trumpet of the Córdoba Symphony and San Luis Chamber Orchestra in Argentina.
Pirinen frequently teaches masterclasses in major music institutions internationally and has served as a member of jury in international trumpet competitions including Theo Charlier in Brussels, Città di Porcia in Italy, Aeolus in Düsseldorf and the ITG competitions.
In 2017 Pirinen was appointed Visiting Professor of Trumpet at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
Pirinen has appeared as guest Principal Trumpet with a wide range of orchestras, notably with groups such as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and also on period instruments with the Finnish Baroque Orchestra.
As an active soloist Pirinen has played first performances of several contemporary works, including concertos by composers Erik Bergman, Jouni Kaipainen, Harri Wessman and Anthony Plog. Notable performances in the contemporary genre also include the trumpet concerto by Peter Maxwell-Davies, Requiem by Hans Werner Henze and Luciano Berio´s Sequenza X.
Pirinen´s first solo album "Heptade" was released in 2001. An album of trumpet concertos by Haydn, Kaipainen and Tomasi with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Hannu Lintu was released in 2014 on the Alba label. Pirinen has appeared as soloist under conductors such as Okko Kamu, Leif Segerstam, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Gennadi Roshdestvensky, Sakari Oramo, John Storgårds, Hannu Lintu, Roberto Minchzuk and Grant Llewellyn.
Pasi Pirinen is a Yamaha Artist.