Aulis Sallinen was born on 9 April 1935 in Salmi, Finland, located on the northern shore of Lake Lagoda. He first attended school to become an elementary teacher but switched to composition, studying with Aare Merikanto and Kokkonen at the Sibelius Academy. Sallinen held positions as manager of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and professor at the Sibelius Academy. His early works incorporated serialism but by the mid-seventies his music drifted back to the realm of tonality. In 1981 he was appointed Professor of Arts by the government in Finland which has allowed him to only focus on composition.
Works for Winds