Matti Raekallio, piano

Born in Helsinki in 1954, Matti Raekallio studied in his home country of Finland, as well as with Maria Curcio in London, Dieter Weber at the Vienna Academy of Music, and at the Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) Conservatory. He has been an active concert performer, making his American debut in 1981 at the Carnegie (Weill) Recital Hall. Since then, he has made regular tours of the US, including solo recitals and performances with several American orchestras. He has performed complete cycles of the 32 Beethoven Sonatas, the 10 Scriabin Sonatas, and the 9 Prokofiev Sonatas, as well as a total of 62 piano concertos. He has made approximately 20 CD recordings for Ondine.

In 2007, Matti Raekallio joined the faculty of the Juilliard School in New York. He previously held professorships at the University of Music and Drama in Hanover, Germany, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Swedish Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and Western Michigan University in the US. Matti Raekallio's students include several first prize winners in major international piano competitions. He frequently serves as a juror and gives regular master classes throughout the US, Europe, and Asia.

Matti Raekallio's doctorate in music at the Sibelius Academy focused on the history of piano fingering. He subsequently became a member of an international research team investigating pianists' choice of fingering from the viewpoint of cognitive psychology. From 1998 through 2000, he served as a member of the Research Council for Culture and Society of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.

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Discography (extract)

Finland 100

A Century of Finnish Classics

5 CD collection celebrating 100 years of Finland's independence

Orchestral Works I & II


Vocal Works

Chamber Music

Various Finnish artist, orchestras and conductors

ODE 1300-2Q


Released 11/2016

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Sergei Prokofiev
Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-9
Romeo and Juliet · Visions fugitives
Sarcasms · Other works for piano

Matti Raekallio, piano
ODE 1103-2Q (4CD)

Released 04/2011

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Einar Englund
Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Matti Raekallio, piano
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Eri Klas, conductor
ODE 1015-2

Released 06/2003

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Sergei Prokofiev
Romeo and Juliet
Old Granny's Tales
Four Etudes

Matti Raekallio, piano
ODE 898-2

Released 06/1999

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