Kasperi Sarikoski

Kasperi Sarikoski (b. 1988) first performed with UMO in 2004 – when only 16 years of age. Since then he has regularly worked with the big band. In 2019 he was selected as the new lead trombonist for the  big band.

Sarikoski first began studying music at the Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory in 1997. After being trained at the Junior Academy of the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, he continued his studies at the Academy’s Jazz Department, graduating with his Master’s Degree in 2013. The degree included an exchange year at the Jazz Department of the Conservatoire de Paris. The past two years Sarikoski has spent pursuing postgraduate studies at the celebrated Juilliard School in New York. His removal to New York has allowed him to gain some foothold in the vibrant local jazz scene and for example perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

In the domestic jazz field Sarikoski has collaborated with such names as Teppo Mäkynen, Jukka Perko and Henrik Otto Donner. He also leads his own group Kasperi Sarikoski & Nuance and works as a composer.