Ralf Gothóni

Ralf Gothóni is a Finnish conductor and pianist. He is also active as a chamber musician, professor, composer, and author. Born in Rauma, Finland he made his orchestra debut at age 15. He often performs in a double role conducting from the keyboard.
Gothóni was the artistic director of the Savonlinna Opera Festival from 1984 to 1987. He created the Forbidden City Music Festival in Beijing in 1996 and the ”Musical Bridge Egypt-Finland” in 2004. He was professor of chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg and since 2007 at the Instituto International da Camara, Reina Sofia, Madrid. He was principal conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra from 2000 to 2009. Since 2004, he has been the guest conductor of the Deutsche Kammerakademie. In the US, Gothóni was music director of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra (Seattle) from 2002 until 2006.
Gothóni’s awards include the Gilmore Artist Award in 1994. He has recorded for various labels, including BIS, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, CPO and Ondine, such works as Benjamin Britten’s Piano Concerto, Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Choros XI, and the first and second piano concertos of Einojuhani Rautavaara. His writings include Luova hetki (The Creative Moment, 1998). His compositions include three chamber operas and the cantata The Ox and its Shepherd.

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