Ralf Gothóni

Biography

Born: May 2, 1946; Rauma  
Gothóni is an authentic musical polymath who is active as a concert and solo pianist noted for his profound and sensitive interpretations, and as a Lied accompanist, composer, conductor, teacher, and author (he published a provocative collection of essays entitled The Creative Moment). His early formal musical education was at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (1962 - 1965), with further studies in Switzerland (1964) and in West Germany (1965 - Read more 1968). Since 1963, he has appeared as a solo and concert pianist in almost all of the European countries, as well as in Russia, Mexico, Canada, Japan, China, and South Korea. He has played the Salzburg, Berlin, and Edinburgh festivals and performed as a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and many other leading ensembles.

From 1969 to 1970, Gothóni was the pianist at the Royal Swedish Opera and during the '70s, he became known as an excellent accompanist to such renowned Lied singers as Martti Talvela, Jorma Hynninen, and Anne-Sofie von Otter. After winning the Finnish Cultural Foundation Prize in 1983, Gothóni was engaged as a professor at the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik (1986 - 1996). He served as the artistic director of the Savonlinna Opera Festival from 1984 to 1987 and, pursuing another of his musical directions, Gothóni was engaged as chief conductor of the Finlandia Sinfonietta from 1989 - 1994. In 1992, he took the position of professor at the Sibelius Academy and was the recipient of the prestigious Gilmore prize in 1994. Gothóni was principal guest conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra from 1995 to 2000, and served as artistic director of the Forbidden City Music Festival in Beijing, which took place in 1998. At several festivals, he has revived a practice from the Classical period by conducting the orchestra while seated at the piano. Simultaneously with these other activities, he was also a professor at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin (1996 - 2000) and a visiting professor at the Royal College of Music. Gothóni is also the principal conductor of the distinguished English Chamber Orchestra. In 2001, he was appointed music director of Seattle's North-West Symphony Orchestra.

Gothóni's repertoire specializes in contemporary Finnish and Scandinavian composers (Aulis Sallinen, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Sibelius, Erkki Melartin, Selim Palmgren, Leif Segerstam, Yryo Henrik Kilpinen, and others) and music of the Romantic and late Romantic eras (Edvard Grieg, Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, Modest Mussorgsky, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, and others), but he has recorded approximately 80 albums that also include music by moderns like Alfred Schnittke (a particular favorite of Gothóni's) and Heitor Villa-Lobos, as well as music of the Classical period (especially music by Haydn). Gothóni also lectures and holds master classes throughout the world (Europe, the U.S., Russia, China, Japan, and South Korea) and performs chamber music recitals with his wife, violinist Elina Vähälä. As a composer, Gothóni has written three chamber operas, a chamber cantata The Ox and Its Shephard, as well as a concerto grosso version of this piece for violin, piano, and strings. Read less
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  • 1.
    C. P. E., J. C., J. S. Bach: Keyboard Concertos / Anastasia Injushina
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1224 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Christian Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Anastasia Injushina
    Conductor:  Ralf Gothóni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Camerata
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    The Orange Mountain Music Philip Glass Sampler
    Label: Orange Mountain Music   Catalog: 64 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philip Glass
    Performer:  Philip Glass,  Jon Gibson,  Richard Peck,  Andrew Sterman  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Riesman,  Dennis Russell Davies,  Gerard Schwarz,  Ralf Gothóni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Raschèr Saxophone Quartet,  Conjunto Iberico Cello Octet
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    Canadian Composers Portrait - Srul Irving Glick
    Label: Centrediscs   Catalog: 11606 Release Date: 11/01/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Srul Irving Glick
    Performer:  Maureen Forrester,  John Newmark,  Ralf Gothóni
    Conductor:  Ralf Gothóni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Lawrence String Quartet,  Finlandia Sinfonietta
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    Sallinen: Chamber Musics Iii, Iv, V, Etc / Väyrynen, Et Al
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777147 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aulis Sallinen
    Performer:  Arto Noras,  Mika Vayrynen,  Ralf Gothóni
    Conductor:  Ralf Gothóni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi di Kuhmo
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    Concerto Project Vol 2 / Gothóni, Barnes, Et Al
    Label: Orange Mountain Music   Catalog: 30 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philip Glass
    Performer:  Paul Barnes,  R. Carlos Nakai,  Jillon Stoppels Dupree
    Conductor:  Ralf Gothóni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northwest Chamber Orchestra Seattle
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    Schnittke: Quasi Una Sonata, Etc / Gothóni, Wallin, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1437 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Tero Latvala,  Meri Englund,  Ulf Wallin,  Ralf Gothóni
    Conductor:  Ralf Gothóni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tapiola Sinfonietta
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    Mozart: Wind Concertos / Gothoni, English Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Avie   Catalog: 35 Release Date: 12/14/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anthony Pike,  John Thurgood,  John Anderson,  Julie Price  ... 
    Conductor:  Ralf Gothóni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    Schnittke: Concerto For Piano, Etc / Ralf Gothoni, Et Al
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 893 Release Date: 07/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Mark Lubotsky,  Irina Schnittke,  Ralf Gothóni
    Conductor:  Ralf Gothóni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sibelius Academy Wind Players,  Virtuosi di Kuhmo
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    Gothoni: The Bull And His Herdsman / Gothoni, Isokoski Et Al
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 832 Release Date: 05/30/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralf Gothóni
    Performer:  Soile Isokoski,  Jorma Hynninen,  Jan Söderblom,  Ilari Angervo  ... 
    Conductor:  Ralf Gothóni
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