Saxophonist Joonatan Rautiola was born in 1983 in Helsinki, Finland. He studied the saxophone at the Sibelius Academy under Pekka Savijoki and in Paris with Nicolas Prost and Christian Wirth.
Saxophonist Joonatan Rautiola was born in 1983 in Helsinki, Finland. He studied the saxophone at the Sibelius Academy under Pekka Savijoki and in Paris with Nicolas Prost and Christian Wirth. In 2010 he became the first Nordic saxophonist having graduated from Claude Delangle’s saxophone class at the Paris Conservatory. He completed his studies at Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with Daniel Gauthier and privately with clarinetist Paul Meyer and oboist Maurice Bourgue.
Joonatan Rautiola has appeared as a soloist with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Düsseldorfer Symfoniker, Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle Schwerin, Het Kamerorkest Brugge, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Kymi Sinfonietta, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Joensuu City Orchestra, St. Michel Strings and with several professional Nordic wind orchestras. He has given recitals in London, Dublin, St. Petersbourg and at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
An active performer of contemporary music, Joonatan Rautiola has given first performances of works by numerous composers and has received direct tuition from Pierre Boulez and Betsy Jolas. His recent premiere of Olli Virtaperko’s baritone saxophone concerto “Multikolor” with TampereRaw Ensemble (Tampere, October 2016) was extremely well received by critics and by the concert audience. In 2015, Joonatan Rautiola premiered Christian Lauba’s and Antonin Serviere’s works for solo saxophone as well as Guillaume Connesson’s saxophone concerto with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Joonatan Rautiola is the only wind instrumentist having won the Finnish National Radio’s Young Soloists’ Competition. His numerous prizes in international competitions include first prizes at the Nordic Wind Soloists’ Competition and the Nova Gorica International Saxophone Competition as well as prizes at the International Aeolus Competition for Wind Instruments and the International Adolphe Sax Saxophone Competition in Dinant, Belgium.
Joonatan Rautiola teaches at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, and gives masterclasses at Tokyo, Riga, London, München and Strasbourg among others.
”Highly virtuosic sound-miracle” – Irene Constantin, Lausitzer Rundschau (Germany)
“Joonatan Rautiola dressed his part in surprisingly delicate tones and a sound of noble radiance.” – Michael Baumgartl, Schweriner Volkszeitung (Germany)
”Rautiola’s masterfully created sonic world of the baritone saxophone is never left alone, but breathes from the musical
impulses of the ensemble.” – Harri Hautala, Aamulehti (Finland)