Musical Director – Jan Rautio

Jan is a critically acclaimed soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. His highlights include Edinburgh and Brighton Festivals, Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Bridgewater Hall, Palazzo Borghese, the Yusupov Palace, the Charleston International Piano Series and Steinway Hall in New York. He has given numerous live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and his recent concerto appearances include those of Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. In 2006 Jan made his USA début with performances in Charleston, and subsequently was invited to appear in Charleston International Piano Series and Steinway Hall in New York in 2007.

Jan has a keen interest in period performance and in June 2011 was invited to perform at the English Haydn Festival, where he played with the Rautio Trio, as well as performing Mozart’s Concerto in C minor on a pianoforte.

Born in Russia, Jan began his musical education at the Gnesin School of Music in Moscow. He was a prize-winning scholar at both the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music in London, graduating in 2005 with top honours. He was awarded the Tobias Matthay Fellowship, the Sterndale Bennett Recital Prize, and the Robert Alva Memorial Prize.

Jan is the piano professor for the annual Pontecultura Festival in Vero, France.

Jan has been Assistant Musical Director and accompanist with Diversity Choir since 2010. We were delighted to perform the world première of his composition Gloria at our winter concert in 2012.