Finnish-German clarinetist Anne Elisabeth Piirainen is an active soloist, chamber musician and teacher, currently undertaking artistic doctoral research studies at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki.
Her vast musical education includes the postgraduate Concert Soloist degree from the Royal Antwerp Conservatory, Belgium, and Master of Music and Fine Arts degrees from the Rotterdam Conservatory (Prof. Walter Boeykens) and Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Prof. Vladimir Sokolov).
Being a prizewinner of the prestigious 1st Carl-Nielsen-Competition in Odense, Denmark (1997, 4th), Anne has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Germany, Russia, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Finland.
Anne is a distinguished and passionate chamber musician. As member of various ensembles, she has taken part in renowned festivals as Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, November Music Tilburg, Gaudeamus Festival Rotterdam, Schnittke-Festival Moscow, Festival van Vlaanderen, Bury Music Festival, Festival d ́eté de Nice and many others. Recitals with piano she has held in numerous European countries, Morocco and Canada.
Between 1997 and 2012, Anne has been freelance player (Bb/A, Eb and Bass clarinet) in all main symphonic and opera orchestras in Belgium, since 2012 in Sweden.
Besides performing, Anne is a devoted pedagogue. Her vast experience includes clarinet teaching and chamber music coaching, masterclasses and lectures, as well as clarinet choir conducting.
Within the field of artistic research, Anne is currently working on her doctoral studies project “Clarinet Music from Russia and the Soviet Union 1917-1991 - Discovering an unexplored side of the clarinet repertoire” at the Sibelius-Academy, Helsinki.