Rautio Piano Trio
Jane Gordon violin, Victoria Simonsen cello, Jan Rautio piano
The Trio has released two critically acclaimed discs for Resonus Classics. Their début disc features Mozart piano trios recorded on a fortepiano belonging to the late Christopher Hogwood. It was hailed by the Observer as ‘an impressive achievement’ and received multiple five-star reviews. The Trio’s latest release, described as ‘elegantly effervescent’ (Gramophone, 2018) includes the world premiere recording of Ferdinand Hiller’s Trio No. 6 in C minor alongside Beethoven and Schubert.
The Trio has performed at the Wigmore Hall, South Bank, Bridgewater Hall, St George’s Bristol on BBC Radio 3, throughout the UK and in France, Austria, Germany and Israel. Highlights include performances at the London Bach Society, Hambacher Musikfest in Germany, SOUND contemporary music festival in Scotland, English Haydn Festival, Pablo Casals Festival in France and at the Haydn-Saal in Vienna. At Kings Place, London, they presented ‘Approaching the Iron Curtain’, a concert celebrating Shostakovich’s life and music on the 40th anniversary of his death. The Trio return to Kings Place in 2019 and will be joined by violist Robin Ashwell (Sacconi Quartet).
The Rautio Trio collaborate with a variety of guests to produce cross-genre and theatrical programmes. They designed a staged concert, ‘Mozart’s Court’, with soprano Kirsty Hopkins and director Hazel Gould which debuted at Hastings Early Music Festival 2018. The Trio have also curated science and music programmes with TV presenter Dallas Campbell, recently performing with actor Oliver Senton to a sold-out hall for Robin Ince’s show at Kings Place in December 2018.
The Trio explore neglected works with a particular focus on 18th and 19th century music. They revived keyboard trios by Johann Christian Bach (the ‘London Bach’), which they first performed for the London Bach Society BachFest and subsequently at the Cobbe Collection of historical instruments and at St George’s Bristol. They have also explored the piano trios by Ferdinand Hiller, featured in their latest CD and described as ‘wonderfully buoyant’ (Guardian).
The Rautio Piano Trio was formed at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove. They are grateful to for the numerous awards received at the start of their careers from the Tillett Trust, Worshipful Company of Musicians, Park Lane Group, Musician’s Benevolent Fund Ensemble Award and a Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music.
A wonderfully versatile musician, Jane’s musical activities span classical concerti, solo recitals, a wide variety of chamber music, period instrument performance and play/directing orchestras from the violin. She has worked as guest leader with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (directing, UK), London Bach Society (directing, UK), Glyndebourne (OAE community opera), European Brandenburg Ensemble (Trevor Pinnock, Germany), Early Opera Company (Christian Curnyn, UK), Korean National Opera (Matthew Halls, Seoul) and Casa da Musica (Laurence Cummings, Portugal). She also regularly performs with Arcangelo and is currently a member of the English Baroque Soloists, under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Jane has performed extensively at major festivals and concert halls throughout Europe, Asia and America. Off stage, she has written articles published in Classical Music Magazine and The Strad, and has given interviews on BBC Radio 3, World Service and Radio 4 on a variety of music-related topics. Jane is artistic director of Hastings Early Music Festival. In 2017 she was elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
Described as ‘beautifully sensitive and composed’ by The Times, Victoria enjoys a varied musical life that incorporates solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts as well as teaching. She joined the Rautio Piano Trio in 2015 and previously had notable success in the Barbirolli Quartet. Her love of chamber music has lead to concerts at festivals such as the IMS Prussia Cove, Manchester International, BBC Proms London, Kronberg Germany, Banff Canada, Singapore and Chamber Music NZ. Her performances have been broadcast on radio and TV in the UK, Germany and NZ and concerts have included Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room. Victoria was Principal Cellist with Opera North (2005-07) followed by a decade as a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra and she regularly appears as Guest Principal with many of the UK’s major orchestras. Victoria is on the faculty at the Royal Northern College of Music, having studied there herself under Karine Georgian and Ralph Kirshbaum, culminating in winning the school’s highest award, the Gold Medal, in 2006. She continued her studies as a string quartet fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and later with Julius Berger in Germany. Victoria was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and is now based in London.
Jan Rautio was born in Russia, grew up in London and studied at the Royal College of Music and at the Royal Academy of Music. He works as a soloist, chamber musician, composer and conductor. His work has taken him to many performance venues across the UK, Europe, Russia and the USA. His highlights include Edinburgh Festival, Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Bridgewater Hall, Palazzo Borghese in Rome, the Yusupov Palace in St Petersburg, Hambacher Musikfest in Germany, and the Charleston International Piano Series. He has given numerous live broadcasts on BBC Radio3 together with the Rautio Piano Trio, having established a reputation as a critically acclaimed chamber musician with the latter.
Jan is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. He is a soloist, accompanist, chamber musician (co-founder of the Rautio Piano Trio), conductor and composer.
Jan is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Ponte Cultura Music & Arts Festival in Vero (France) and the Music Director of the “Diversity” chamber choir. As their conductor he led them in performances in London’s St Paul’s Cathedral, Gasteig Philharmonie in Munich and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, amongst others. In 2017 he was made the Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for his services to music life in the UK.
His recent compositions include “New Horizons” for choir and orchestra; “Gloria, laus et honor” for choir and a chamber ensemble; and his first String Quartet.