Anna-Leena Lumme is the Finnish Symphonic Wind Professionals -orchestra's founder and conductor.

Anna-Leena Lumme

Anna-Leena Lumme is a Finnish conductor, teacher and trumpet player. Ms. Lumme studied trumpet pedagogy at the Pirkanmaa Polytechnic School and trumpet performance at the Pirkanmaa Polytechnic School. In 2013, she received her masters degree in wind conducting from the Sibelius Academy where her primary teacher was Peter Ettrup Larsen. In addition, she attended conducting masterclasses with Juha Törmä, Atso Almila, Tuomas Hannikainen, Michael Griffith, and Jorma Panula.

Ms. Lumme is currently conductor of the wind ensemble and trumpet instructor at the Pirkanmaa Music Institute in Tampere, a position that she has held since 2002. In addition, she is co-founder and co-music director of the Finnish Symphonic Wind Professionals, a semi-professional ensemble that performs several times per year. The ensemble has received wide-spread accolades for their strong musicianship, innovative programming, and collaborations with outstanding guest artists.

Ms. Lumme is frequently engaged as a guest conductor. She has also conducted wind bands at multiple Finnish music camps and has worked steadily as a freelance conductor. In 2019, she was engaged for one week as a guest conductor and lecturer at Georgia State University, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She is also an active member and conducting teacher of Pirkanmaa Pinna ry, an association dedicated to organising further training in orchestra conducting.

Ms. Lumme has been recognized for her outstanding conducting. In 2014, she was a semi-finalist in the International NordicWindband Conducting Competition wind conducting competition. In 2017, she was awarded the Finnish Windband Associations’ “Vuoden Pinna”, a prize awarded to conductors for developing music culture in Finland.

Marjo Riihimäki is the Finnish Symphonic Wind Professionals -orchestra's founder and conductor.

Marjo Riihimäki

Marjo Riihimäki is an energetic and charming conductor! Marjo completed her post-graduate diploma studies in orchestral conducting at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki. She graduated with excellent marks after an impressive capstone performance project with the Finnish Guards Band. Marjo studied with Peter Ettrup Larsen and choir conducting with professor Matti Hyökki.

After her graduation, Marjo and her friend and colleague, Anna-Leena, founded the Finnish Symphonic Wind Professionals. They are also the artistic leaders of the band. Marjo has been invited as a guest conductor for example to Joensuu City Orchestra, Oulu Symphony, Mikkeli String Orchestra, Guards Band and the Air Force Big Band.

In addition to classical music Marjo Riihimäki is in her element within entertainment music – thanks to her versatile background within different genres. She conducts also crossover concerts, which bridge the worlds of art-rock and jazz music combined with symphony orchestra.

For years Marjo wrote arrangements and performed as a clarinetist in an interactive theatre. Marjo has been working in musical productions as a music teacher in high school and a choir leader in Tampere Conservatoire.

Studies took Marjo to the Univeriversity of Joensuu in Savonlinna, the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa, and the University of Jyväskylä. Her studies focused on conducting and multicultural music education. Marjo worked as a high school music teacher at Pälkäne for five years. She later worked as a conductor and choir leader at the Tampere Conservatoire as a conductor for five years.