Clarinetist Olli Leppäniemi has studied with Yehuda Gilad in Los Angeles, Hans - Christian Bræin in Oslo and Reijo Koskinen at the Sibelius Academy. He has performed as soloist with many renown orchestras such as BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Finnish Chamber Orchestra, Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, Jyväskylä Symphony Orchestra, Joensuu Philharmonic Orchestra, S:t Michel Strings, Pori Sinfonietta, Lappeenranta Philharmonic Orchestra, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed with conductors as Leif Segerstam, Juan Mena, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Joshua Weilerstein, Giordano Bellincampi and Karina Cannellakis. Olli Leppäniemi has made guest performances as soloist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra in London, and he regularly visits the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He was the first Nordic clarinetist to win the prestigious Carl Nielsen-competition. He regularly teaches and gives masterclasses at the Sibelius Academy, Grieg Academy and Malmo Academy of Music. 2013 he worked as guest professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. For the time being he is clarinet leader in Tapiola Sinfonietta, and since 2021 artistic director of the Crusell Music Festival in Uusikaupunki, Finland. Olli plays on a Buffet Crampon clarinet.