Finnish-German clarinetist Dr. Anne Elisabeth Piirainen is an active soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Dr. Piirainen graduated as Doctor of Music at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki, on the topic: “Clarinet Music from Russia and the Soviet Union 1917-1991. Discovering an Unexplored Side of the Clarinet Repertoire.”
Currently Dr.Piirainen is visiting researcher at the Sibelius Academy with a artistic postdoc research project on clarinet compositions with Jewish themes by Alexander, Grigory and Yulian Krein, funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
Her vast musical education includes the postgraduate Concert Soloist degree from the Royal Antwerp Conservatory, Belgium, and Master of Music 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), she has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Germany, Russia, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Finland.
Dr. Piirainen 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, she has been working as freelance player (Bb/A, Eb and Bass clarinet) in all main symphonic and opera orchestras in Belgium, since 2012 also in Sweden and is now based in Finland.
Besides performing, Dr. Piirainen is a devoted pedagogue. Her vast experience includes clarinet teaching and chamber music coaching, masterclasses and lectures, as well as clarinet choir conducting.