Pauli Lyytinen (b. 1983) started his music studies on the music class of his elementary school and continued his studies at the Pop/Jazz Conservatory of Kuopio in 1996. After finishing his studies at the Conservatory this young saxophone player moved to Helsinki and started studying at the pop/jazz department of Stadia University of Applied Sciences in 2003. In 2005 Lyytinen changed school to the jazz department of Sibelius Academy where he graduated in 2011.
Lyytinen has gained experience from the music field on the way, first in the Pohjantie Big Band in 1999-2003 and later in i.a. Junior All Stars Big Band in 1999 and Petterson Brass Band in 2003. Lyytinen has also international connections as he spent two years as an exchange student both in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Gothenburg, Sweden. He has also been successful in competitions: in 2007 he won the Jukka Perko saxophonist contest where he had came to the second place in 2004.
In recent years Lyytinen has become known as one of the members of Elifantree, the experimental pop-jazz trio, also including drummer Tatu Rönkkö and singer-cellist Anni Elif Egecioglu. Trio was formed in 2007 and has been performing actively around Europe and released to appraised albums, Love & Trees (2010) and Time Out (2012). The respected British jazzcritic Stuart Nicholson also named Elifantree's gig on the Alandia Jazz Festival in Mariehamn, Åland as the gig of the year in 2009 in the Wire Magazine.
In 2017 Lyytinen formed quartet, Pauli Lyytinen Magnetia Orkesteri, with trumpeter Verneri Pohjola, drummer Mika Kallio and bassist Eero Tikkanen. They released their debut album I last summer at Pori Jazz Festival, where Lyytinen also was awarded the Ted Curson prize .
Besides Elifantree, Lyytinen has been busy with the Nordic jazzcollective DEFEKT, experimental Astro Can Caravan and the groundbreaking band Kauhukakara. Lyytinen has also been a familiar face in the liveband of the Itetune project of Jimi Tenor and Abdissa Assefa.