First performance of Minna Leinonen's work for baritone saxophone, concerto with Cantus Ensemble and a recital by SaxibA at the Zagreb World Saxophone Congress
In his solo recital on July 11th at the Zagreb World Saxophone Congress, Joonatan Rautiola gives the world premiere of "My Personal Space", a new work for baritone saxophone by the Finnish composer Minna Leinonen . The recital also includes a performance of Lauri Supponen's "Opus nen" for baritone saxophone and electronics. On the next day, Joonatan Rautiola gives the first international performance of Olli Virtaperko's baritone saxophone concerto "Multikolor", together with the Cantus Ensemble conducted by Lars Mlekusch. On July 13th, Joonatan Rautiola appears in the D'Addario Artist S howcase and on July 14th, SaxibA - the Sibelius Academy saxophone ensemble, gives a recital including music by Claude Debussy and Karol Beffa.
The World Saxophone Congress is the largest international event for saxophone. On July 2018, approximately 1000 saxophonists from around the world gather to Zagreb for five days of concerts, lectures and expositions.
Joonatan Rautiola teaches at the Gap and Bretagne summer academies
Joonatan Rautiola teaches the saxophone in two different
events during summer 2018.
The Université Européenne de Saxophone is organised at Gap (Southern France) from 16th to 27th of July. The other teachers at the event are Vincent David, Claude Delangle, Mariano Garcia, Vincent Lê Quang, Johannes Thorell and Christian Wirth. Rautiola’s recital with pianist Cyrille Lehn will be heard on 20th of July at the Chapelle des Pénitents and includes also a guest appearance of Claude Delangle and of a quartet of the students of the Université Européenne.
The 7th edition of the Bretagne International Saxophone Academy is organised from 2nd to 11th of August in the small city 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.
Excellent reviews for Joonatan Rautiola’s soloist
appearances in Tampere and Cottbus
Aamulehti (Harri Hautala, October 31st 2016) described 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 has been heard several times after the first performance: Joonatan Rautiola and Jyväskylä Sinfonia, conducted by Ville Matvejeff, performed it on 24th of March 2017 at the Keuruu Church and recorded it for Ondine at the end of the same month; other performances by Rautiola and TampereRaw were heard during autumn 2017 in Oulu and Tampere. The next performances of the work are in Zagreb on July 12th, with Cantus Ensemble, and again with TampereRaw in Helsinki on August 17th.
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.