Jukka-Pekka Saraste (born April 22, 1956) is a Finnish conductor. He trained as a violinist, and later studied conducting at the Sibelius Academy with Jorma Panula, in the same class as Esa-Pekka Salonen and Osmo Vänskä. With the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (YLE), Saraste was co-principal second violinist and later an associate to Leif Segerstam. He was chief conductor of the YLE from 1987-2001, and is currently its Conductor Laureate. Regarded as a champion of Finnish music, he recorded the complete symphonies of Jean Sibelius with the YLE.