Janne Saksala was born in 1967 in Helsinki, Finland. He began music studies on the piano at age seven at the Helsinki School of Music, where he also began studies on the double bass in 1981. In 1986 he continued his studies at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin under Prof. Klaus Stoll. In 1991 he was a prize-winner of the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. Janne Saksala enjoys an international reputation as a chamber musician and a teacher, and has been engaged as a tutor at many reputable music institutions (e.g. Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Manhattan School of Music). He has made many radio productions, and has performed as a soloist internationally. He works regularly together with composers, and has premiered many new compositions. He is professor in the Carl-Flesch-Academy Baden-Baden since 2006 and will be one in the Musikhochschule Hanns-Eisler Berlin from 2009 on. He has been a member of the Berlin Philharmonic since 1994 and it’s first solo-bass since autumn 2008.