Finnish pianist Satu Salminen studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Eero Heinonen and at the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest with Istvan Lahtos. She has continued her studies in various materclasses with such pianists as Dmitri Bashkirov, Bella Davidovich, Ralf Gothoni and Alexei Lybimov. In 1991 Satu Salminen won Second Prize in the international Rio de Janeiro competition for accompanists and First Prize in the competition for duos in Lappajärvi, Finland. She has been working as a competition accompanist in both the Lappeenranta competition for singers and the international Mirjam Helin Competition. She has performed as a lied accompanist in Hungary, Poland and South Korea, and as a soloist with many different orchestras. She has participated in various television and radio broadcasts and teaches at the Sibelius Academy. She has been working with Kirsi Tiihonen since 1989.