Finland 100 år: Trekkspill- og akkordeonmusikk frå Finland
Fredag 3. november 2017
Matti Rantanen (akkordeon)
Heini Laankoski (cello)
Heikki Valpola (1946-): Skogen for akkordeon og band (1998)
Ilkka Kuusisto (1933-): Hymns for cello og akkordeon (1999)
1. Caelestis aulae nuntius
2. Salve Regina
Lasse Pihlajamaa (1916-2007): Trollsländan (1948/1975)
Jukka Tiensuu (1948-): Aufschwung, op. 20 c (1977)
- - pause - -
Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016): Spelmen (1952/1992)
Frie fantasier over danser spilt av spellemannen Samuel Rinda-Nickola (ca. 1810)
1. Närböbornas bra spel
2. Jonas Kopsin
3. Jacob Könni
4. Klockar Samuel Dikström
5. Djävulens polska
Erkki Jokinen (1941-): Alone (1979)
Matti Rantanen (1952-) (arr): Folkdanser från Österbotten
Matti Rantanen: Gamla folkmelodier från Suomusjärvi
Brölllopsmarsch och valsen
Polka av Gustav Grönlund
Matti Murto (1946-) (arr): Tre folksånger for cello og akkordeon
1. Under Polstjärnan
2. Min älskning
Professor Matti Rantanen (b.1952) is one of the leading figures on the international classical accordion scene. He began playing at the age of five, first studying privately with Lasse Pihlajamaa. He graduated from the University of Helsinki with degree in musicology, pedagogics and aesthetics in 1974.He studied also at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen under Mogens Ellegaard the following springtime. After successes in various national competitions, Matti Rantanen was twice winner of the Nordic Accordion Compettion, 1969 and 1970. His recital debut was at Jyväskylä Summer festival in 1971 and has since given concerts in most countries of Europe, the U.S.A. and Canada. He has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician at many international music festivals around the world including Amsterdam, Moscow, Toronto, Reykjavik, Paris, Budapest, Helsinki, Kuhmo, Savonlinna, Viitasaari, Naantali.
Among the many celebrated musicians he has worked with can be named conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sakari Oramo, Jorma Panula, Juha Kangas, John Storgårds, percussionist Tim Ferchen, flutist Mikael Helasvuo, barytone Jorma Hynninen, clarinetist Kari Kriikku, harpsichordist Jukka Tiensuu, cellist Marko Ylönen and New Helsinki- and Jean Sibelius-quartets.
Matti Rantanen`s playing has inspired over 30 Finnish composers to write for accordion. Among of them are Einojuhani Rautavaara, Aulis Sallinen, Magnus Lindberg, Jukka Tiensuu, Harri Wessman, Jouni Kaipainen, Erkki Jokinen, Timo-Juhani Kyllönen, Per-Henrik Nordgren, Heikki Valpola, Jarmo Sermilä, Ilkka Kuusisto, Tapio Tuomela, Tapio Nevanlinna, Otto Romanowski, Harri Vuori. This collaboration has resulted in more than100 first performances of new Finnish works, many of which he has recorded on various disc labels.
When the Sibelius-Academy in Helsinki made the decision to accept the accordion in 1977, Matti Rantanen was appointed the head of accordion studies. His school has built up an great international reputation and its students have won ca. 20 first prizes in international competitions. In 1996 the Sibelius-Academy appointed him Professor of the Year. Among his students there have been Marjut Tynkkynen, Helka Kymäläinen, Heidi Velamo, Kimmo Mattila, Pasi Hirvonen, Mika Väyrynen, Elina Leskelä, Reijo Ahonen, Mikko Luoma, Petri Makkonen, Kylli Möls, Janne Rättyä, Veli Kujala, Ari Lehtonen,
Janne Valkeajoki, Petteri Waris and among foreign students for example Margit Kern, Inaki Alberdi, David Farmer, Primoz Parovel, Raimundas Sviackevicius, Andrea Kiefer, Denis Patkovic, Klemen Leben, Vincent Lhermet, Wang Shen.
Matti Rantanen has held master classes in Germany, Spain, Italy, Norway, Poland, Serbia,the United States, Russia, Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Austria, Liethuania, Estonia and been visiting professor at the Trossingen Music Academy in Germany, the Royal Music Academy in Copenhagen and the Royal Academy of Music in London.