Joonatan Rautiola

Joonatan Rautiola



Excellent revies for Joonatan Rautiola’s soloist appearances in Tampere and Cottbus


Joonatan Rautiola’s recent soloist appearances have been extremely well received by the press.
Aamulehti (Harri Hautala, October 31st 2016) describes Olli Virtaperko’s new baritone saxophone concerto ”Multikolor”, premiered on 30th of October 2016 by Joonatan Rautiola and TampereRaw (cond. Tuomas Turriago) as one of the finest Finnish contemporary works since a long time and Joonatan Rautiola’s solo playing as masterful. A translation of the complete review can be read here and a video recording of the first performance is available here. Multikolor is heard again in near future: Joonatan Rautiola and Jyväskylä Sinfonia, conducted by Ville Matvejeff, perform it on 24th of March at the Keuruu Church and record it for Ondine at the end of March.
The headline of the article in Lausitzer Rundschau (Irene Constantin, January 31st 2017), written after Joonatan Rautiola’s two concerts with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Staatstheater Cottbus, conducted by Ulrich Windfuhr, was ”Highly virtuosic sound-miracle”. The whole article can be read here (in German). Rautiola’s programme in two concerts, on 27th and 29th of January 2017, included Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da camera and Erwin Schulhoff’s Hot-Sonate in an orchestration by Richard Rodney Bennet.




Joonatan Rautiola teaches at the Kälviä, Gap and Bretagne summer academies


Joonatan Rautiola teaches the saxophone in three events during summer 2017.
Kälviä International Music Camp is organised from 9th to 18th of June at Kälviä (Keski-Pohjanmaa, Western Finland). Over 150 participants gather to the event. The teaching staff includes Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra concert masters Petri Aarnio and Jari Valo, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra bassoon section principal Mikko-Pekka Svala and French horn section principal Ville Hiilivirta, as well as Sibelius Academy conducting professor Atso Almila. The programme of the student orchestra includes, among others, the Romeo and Juliet Suite 2, which features a tenor saxophone.


Joonatan Rautiola has been invited to teach and perform at the Université Européenne de Saxophone, organised at Gap (Southern France) from 17th to 28th of July. The other teachers at the event are Arno Bornkamp, Vincent David, Claude Delangle, Mariano Garcia, Vincent Lê Quang and Christian Wirth. Rautiola’s recital with pianist Mikko Merjanen will be heard on 18th of July at the Chapelle des Pénitents.
The 6th edition of the Bretagne International Saxophone Academy is organised from 5th to 14th of August in the small town of Rostrenen in Bretagne, Western France. The teachers of the academy are Hiroe Yasui, Alexandre Souillart and Joonatan Rautiola, and the pianist Matthieu Acar. A particular feature of the Academy is the large amount of tuition that the participant receives from each professor, due to which the number of the participants is limited to 12. The teaching staff also performs at the festival Klasik, which takes place simultaneously with the Academy.

First performances of Guillaume Connesson's concerto and Christian Lauba's and Antonin Servière's solo works in Strasbourg

Joonatan Rautiola gave three world premieres at the 17th World Saxophone Congress «SaxOpen», organized from 9th to 14th of July 2015 in Strasbourg, France. Guillaume Connesson's concerto for soprano and alto saxophones «A kind of Trane» was premiered at the opening concert, 9th of July at Palais de la Musique et des Congrès, by Joonatan Rautiola (1st  movement), Jean-Yves Fourmeau (2nd movement), Nicolas Prost (3rd movement) and the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra with its chief conductor Marko Letonja. The concert was broadcast live on ARTE.

In his recital on 11th of July at the Cité de la musique de Strasbourg, Joonatan Rautiola premiered Christian Lauba's "Ennéa" for solo soprano saxophone and Antonin Servière's "Secret Procession" for solo alto saxophone.

The World Saxophone Congress is the largest international event for saxophone. On July 2015, more than 2000 saxophonists from around the world gathered to Strasbourg for six days of concerts, lectures and expositions.

Opening concert

Joonatan Rautiola's recital

SaxOpen, 17th World Saxophone Congress