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 was appointed Musical Director in 2015, having 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.
Formal Biography of Jan Rautio
He is the pianist for the Ratio Piano Trio, whose recent recording of Mozart trios was very favourably reviewed in Radio 3’s Record Review and in The Strad, Classical Ear, and The Guardian. The Trio have a new recording of Hiller and Beethoven trios which came out in January 2018.
Born in Russia, Jan Rautio was a prize-winning scholar at both the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music in London. He is a winner of the Tobias Matthay Fellowship, the Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship, the Sterndale Bennett Recital Prize, the English Speaking Union Accompanist Prize, the Tillett Trust Award, and the Robert Alva Memorial Prize.
As a soloist, chamber musician and conductor, he has performed across the UK, Europe, Russia and the USA. His highlights include the Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Bridgewater Hall, Palazzo Borghese in Rome, the Yusupov Palace in St Petersburg, the Charleston International Piano Series, Steinway Hall in New York, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and London’s St Paul’s Cathedral. He has given numerous live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.
Between 2005 and 2012, Jan devoted most of his time to performing and specialising in chamber music, but returned to composition with a London premiere of “Gloria” which is scored for an SATB choir, strings, organ and two pianists. In August 2013, the Ponte Cultura ensemble premiered his “La Petite Messe” (scored for strings and piano) at the Ponte Cultura Festival. Other recent premieres include “Notturno for violin and piano; “Voices In The Dark” for violin, cello, piano and percussion; “Bacchanalia” for cello and piano; “After Akhmatova’s Requiem” for three violins, cello, bass clarinet, piano and percussion; “Notturno 2” for piano trio; and “New Horizons” for choir and orchestra. His composition “Gloria, Laus et Honor” was premiered in London by the Esterhazy Singers in 2018.
In March 2017 Jan was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, awarded to former students ‘who have made a significant contribution to the music profession’.