Sauli Huhtala has studied orchestral conducting under the leadership of professor Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy and under the guidance of Karl Österreicher at the Music Academy in Vienna. Furthermore Sauli Huhtala has studied orchestral conducting under Atso Almila, Eri Klas and Ilja Musin, and participated in master classes under guidance of the Radio Symphony Orchestra in the Netherlands with musical director Kondarshin. Sauli Huhtala received a Diploma in Orchestral Conducting in 1995 with excellent grades.
As a visiting director Sauli Huhtala has conducted most of the symphony orchestras in Finland. He has also conducted ballets, operas and operettas andacted as director for orchestras in Sweden, Germany and Poland, where he with success directed the Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra in 1998. Sauli Huhtala has been the conductor for Akademiska Orkestern at Åbo Akademi University since 1991.
Also as a composer Sauli Huhtala has made his name well known. He has among other works composed music for the popular theater play Jokamies as well as other plays and film music scores. In 1990 his hometown Turku awarded him with the ABOA price.