Lilli Paasikivi graduated from the Royal Swedish Academy (1992) and supplemented her educated with studies in opera performance at the Opera School of the Royal College of Music in London (1994). She was a soloist of the Finnish National Opera in 1995–2013 and is the Artistic Director of the Pyhäniemi Manor concert series since 2009. In August 2013 she became the Artistic Director of the Finnish National Opera. Since making her debut with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker as Fricka in the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence’s production of „Der Ring des Nibelungen“, Wagnerian roles have become central to Lilli Paasikivi’s repertoire. House debuts have included La Monnaie (as Brangäne in “Tristan und Isolde”), Hamburgische Staatsoper (as Fricka) and Oper Frankfurt (as Kundry in “Parsifal”). Her repertoire includes also Waltraute (Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung”), Carmen (Bizet’s “Carmen”), Dorabella (Mozart’s “Così fan tutte”), Octavian (Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier”), Verdi’s Amneris (“Aida”) and Eboli (“Don Carlo”), Tsarina Alexandra (Rautavaara’s “Rasputin”), The Pilgrim (Saariaho’s “L’amour de loin”) and Anna (Kortekangas’ “Isän tyttö”). She has also performed in famous venues all over the world with topmost orchestras and conductors: Ravel’s “Sheherazade” (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra), Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 (New York Philharmonic), Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (Berlin Philharmonic), London Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, etc. During the season 2013/14 she will be the soloist of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki City Orchestra, Konzerthaus Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestre National de Bordeaux and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Lilli Paasikivi has won several prizes: 2nd prize at the Lappeenranta Solo Voice Contest (1992) and the 2nd prize at the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition (1994). In 2008 she was granted the Pro Finlandia medal of honour for her artistic accomplishments.