Chief Conductor


Sami Ruusuvuori is working as the chief conductor of Helsinki Police band. He started in the position in November 2012. Under his direction Helsinki Police Band has began concert series with star artists at the Savoy Theatre, educational concerts for schoolchildren, Christmas concerts as well as sing-along concerts. New concerts have obtained a great success in a short period of time.

Ruusuvuori was working previously, in years 2011 and 2012, as the chief of the Conscript Band of the Finnish Defence Forces. With him Conscript Band did spectacular concert tours to Italy and Switzerland participating in the Modena and Basel Tattoo events.

From 2006 to 2011, Ruusuvuori was working as a conductor of the Finnish Defence Forces’ most prestigious band, the Guards Band. Besides working with the concert ensemble, he worked with Guards Combo and Guards Septet, which under his conducting had concerts as far as Japan. Ruusuvuori was one of the founders of the Guards Band festival and was working as an artistic director of it.

Sami Ruusuvuori graduated with a Masters Degree in Music in 2005 from the Sibelius Academy’s wind instrument conducting class with conducting a concert band as his major. Trombone is Ruusuvuoris’ own instrument and he is a founder member of the Helsinki Brass Quartet, which also holds concerts all over the world. Ruusuvuori is working closely with composers of new music and has conducted many premieres.

Ruusuvuori has trained many concert bands around Finland. He has participated in many festivals as both a conductor and teacher. In addition to military bands, his calendar has been filled by guest concerts with the wind players of the Finnish Radio, Lahti and Oulu Symphony Orchestras. He has visited as a conductor in Sweden, Germany, Estonia, Latvia and Denmark.