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Joonatan Rautiola

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Saxophonist Joonatan Rautiola is one of today's most recognized young Finnish soloists and a brilliant representative of the new generation of Scandinavian classical wind players.
Rautiola studied at the Sibelius Academy under Pekka Savijoki and in Paris with Nicolas Prost and Christian Wirth. In 2010 he became the first Scandinavian saxophonist having graduated from Claude Delangle's world-renowned Paris Conservatory saxophone class. He has participated in master classes of Jean-Marie Londeix, Frederick Hemke, Eugene Rousseau, Jean-Yves Fourmeau and Arno Bornkamp.
Joonatan Rautiola has appeared as a soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Düsseldorfer Symfoniker, Het Kamerorkest Brugge, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Norvegian Royal Army Band, Danish Royal Life Guards' Band and the Finnish Guard Band, among others. He has given recitals with pianist Marko Hilpo at the Ireland National Concert Hall in Dublin, at the festival Sibelius and Beyond in London and at New York's Carnegie Hall. With the award-winning Ellipsos Saxophone Quartet, Rautiola has appeared at the Salle Pleyel, the Petit Palais and the Hotel Matignon in Paris. An active performer of contemporary music, Joonatan Rautiola has premiered works by Tapio Tuomela, Olli Virtaperko, Tuomas Turriago, Gerald Shapiro, Yann Robin, Mandy Fang and Jorge Sancho, and has received tuition from the composers Pierre Boulez, Betsy Jolas and Christian Lauba. Joonatan Rautiola is the only wind instrumentist having won the Finnish National Radio’s bi-annual 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, a third prize and two special prizes at the International Aeolus Competition for Wind Instruments and most recently, a fourth prize at the International Adolphe Sax Saxophone Competition in Dinant. Joonatan Rautiola's debut album, featuring Finnish classical and contemporary music and produced by the French Fondation Meyer's Jeunes Solistes -recording programme, will be released on autumn 2011.