Samuli Peltonen works as principal cellist at the Finnish National Opera. He started his studies 1989 at the music institute in Seinäjoki with Ferenc Gyimes and Jussi Peltonen, then continued at Turku Art Academy (1998–2002) and additionally with master degree studies at the Sibelius Academy with Prof. Arto Noras (2002–2010). He has participated in master classes with Fred Sherry, Heinrich Schiff, Gary Hoffman, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Torleif Thedéen, Frans Helmerson, Martti Rousi and Marko Ylönen. He has had success in many competitions a o II. Prize in the Baltic-Nordic duo competition together with his sister Anna-Mari Peltonen (2004), I. Prize at the international cello competition in Turku (2006), and I. Prize at the international Krzysztof Penderecki competition in Poland (2008). Peltonen is a member of the Sibelius Piano Trio, Total Cello Ensemble, and additionally teaches cello and chamber music at the Sibelius Academy. He has made guest appearances as principal cellist at the Royal Danish Opera (2016–17), and Opera Australia in Melbourne and Sydney (2018). He has performed as soloist with most Finnish orchestras, and internationally with English Chamber Orchestra, at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm and Bronislaw Huberman festival in Poland. As chamber musician he has made guest performances in USA, Australia, Spain, Germany, Iceland, Denmark and Estonia. Samuli Peltonen is artistic director at the Kaskinen Music Summer together with Anna-Mari Peltonen. He plays on a Giovanni Grancino cello.