Soloists » Janne Rättyä, accordion

The Finnish accordionist Janne Rättyä is widely regarded as one of the leading classical accordionists. In 2002, Rättyä debuted in the Chamber Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic (with the Debut Series of DeutschlandRadio Berlin), performing the first classical accordion recital ever presented there. He performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, in the U.S. and Asia. He has appeared with musicians such as Jorma Hynninen, Pekka Kuusisto, Martyn Brabbins and Patrick Gallois, to name but a few and has appeared also as a soloist with many Finnish and foreign orchestras, among others with the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

He has collaborated with composers such as Aldo Clementi, Dieter Schnebel, Uljas Pulkkis and Terry Riley among others to create new music for his instrument.

Janne Rättyä studied at the Sibelius Academy with Matti Rantanen and at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen with Prof. Mie Miki. He has been professor for Classical Accordion Studies at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria, since 2003. He appears under the VMS, Octavia Records and Ondine record-labels.