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Rautio Piano Trio

The award-winning Rautio Piano Trio is one of Britain’s most dynamic chamber ensembles, critically acclaimed for their innovative programming and captivating performances. The Trio give highly imaginative concerts incorporating rarely performed works with the cornerstones of the repertoire, and regularly use historical instruments for their performances of 18th and 19th century music. In June they released a highly acclaimed disc of Mozart Piano Trios with Resonus Classics, hailed by the Observer as ‘an impressive achievement’. The CD was recorded on a fortepiano belonging to the late Christopher Hogwood and received multiple 4 and 5 star reviews.

The Rautio Trio has performed at the Wigmore Hall, South Bank, Bridgewater Hall, on BBC Radio 3, throughout the UK and in France, Austria, Germany and Israel. Highlights include performing at the 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.   They curated a special Shostakovich concert at Kings Place, ‘Approaching the Iron Curtain’, where they celebrated the composer’s life and music on the 40th anniversary of his death. The Trio also regularly perform at St George’s Bristol where they have programmed the complete cycle of Mozart Trios, both Mendelssohn Trios and also a special Shostakovich concert featuring the 7 Romances for Trio and Soprano with Joan Rodgers. The Trio often explore neglected works and in 2016 focused on those by Johann Christian Bach (the ‘London Bach’) which they first performed for the London Bach Society BachFest. A Mendelssohn and JC Bach cycle featured with double concerts both at the Cobbe Collection of historical instruments and at St George’s Bristol. They have also been exploring trios by the 19th century composer Ferdinand Hiller, one of which they selected to record and is believed to be the world premiere recording. Due out in January 2018, this will be their second disc with Resonus Classics and features Beethoven, Schubert and the Hiller.

The Rautio Piano Trio was formed at the Royal Academy of Music and IMS Prussia Cove. They have been recipients of numerous awards from the Tillett Trust, Worshipful Company of Musicians, Park Land Group, Musician’s Benevolent Fund Ensemble Award, English Speaking Union and held a Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music.

Jane Gordon

Jane is a highly versatile violinist who performs extensively at major festivals and concert halls in Europe, Asia and America. Described as playing with ‘a ravishing tone and real depth of timbre’ (The Independent), Jane has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Southbank and live on BBC Radio 3. She has a passion for historical performance and regularly performs repertoire from baroque to early romantic on period instruments. As an experienced leader and director, Jane has worked with a number of period instrument ensembles and orchestras. She has regularly been invited to direct concerts for the London Bach Society and in 2016 performed the Bach Chaconne as part of the 70th Anniversary concert for the Society. As guest concertmaster, Jane has led for Trevor Pinnock’s European Brandenburg Ensemble at the Halle Handel Festival, and for Korean National Opera in Seoul. Jane is currently a member of the English Baroque Soloists, under John Eliot Gardiner, and regularly plays with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with whom she was recently guest leader. Jane also enjoys performing contemporary music. She recorded Robert Hanson’s Sonata for Cala Records and recently gave the UK premiere of a solo violin piece by Charlotte Bray.  Jane studied at the Royal College of Music and subsequently at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with the highest awards.

Victoria Simonsen 

Victoria grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, and her early love of music was encouraged by her concert-pianist mother. She now enjoys a varied musical life that incorporates solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts as well as teaching. Victoria has performed at festivals such as the IMS Prussia Cove, Manchester International, BBC Proms London, Kronberg Germany, Banff Canada and Chamber Music NZ. Her performances have been broadcast on radio and TV in UK, Germany and NZ and concerts have included Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room. She joined the Rautio Piano Trio in 2015. Victoria was Principal Cellist with Opera North (2005-07) before joining the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2008 and she has appeared as Guest Principal with many of the UK’s major orchestras. Victoria studied primarily at the RNCM with Karine Georgian and Ralph Kirshbaum, culminating in winning 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 now teaches cello at the Royal Northern College of Music. 

Jan Rautio

Born in Russia, Jan now lives in London, where he was a prize-winning scholar at both the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music. As a pianist and conductor, he has performed across the UK, Europe, Russia and the USA. His highlights include Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, Purcell Room, Palazzo Borghese in Rome, the Yusupov Palace in St Petersburg, Steinway Hall in New York, London’s St Paul’s Cathedral and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. He has given numerous live broadcasts on BBC Radio3. Jan is the Artistic Director of the annual Ponte Cultura Music & Arts Festival in Vero, France. He became the Music Director of the “Diversity” chamber choir in September 2015.
 Between 2005 and 2012, Jan devoted most of his time to performing, but returned to composition with a London premiere of “Gloria”. Other recent premieres include “La petite messe”, “Voices In The Dark”, “After Akhmatova’s Requiem”, “Memento mori”, and “New Horizons” for choir and orchestra. He is currently composing a string quartet for the Jerusalem Quartet.