1st Principal Double Bass with the Berliner Philharmoniker since 2008, Janne Saksala was born in Helsinki, Finland.
Janne began his double-bass studies in Helsinki, continuing at the Berlin Hochschule der Künste, with Klaus Stoll, becoming a prizewinner at the International Music Competition of the ARD. His first orchestral position was in 1993 with the Berliner Philharmoniker. As a soloist, Janne Saksala performed with the Bayerischer Rundfunkorchester, the Philharmonie Baden-Baden, the Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach, the Pori Sinfonietta and the Prague Philharmonic.
Janne Saksala has performed for many years in various chamber music ensembles with musicians such as Isabelle Faust, Leonidas Kavakos, Guy Braunstein, Rainer Kussmaul, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Kolja Blacher, Jan Arne Söderblom, Pekka Kuusisto, Benjamin Schmid, Wolfgang Christ, Jan Vogler, Thomas Demenga, Jan-Erik Gustafsson, Leif Ove Andsnes, Olli Mustonen and Igor Levit. He played worldwide with the Ensemble Oriol, the Stradivari Soloists, the 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Berlin Philharmonic Jazz Group.
Janne Saksala is Double Bass Professor at the "Hanns Eisler Academy of Music" in Berlin. In addition, he teaches at the Carl Flesch Academy Baden-Baden and as a guest lecturer at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid, at the Royal College of Music in London, at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo and the Juilliard School of Music in New York, and conducts workshops with youth and professional orchestras and their bass groups around the world.