Finnish pianist Matti Raekallio was born 1954 in Helsinki.
He studied in his home country as well as with Maria Curcio in London, England, with Dieter Weber at the Vienna Academy of Music in Austria, and at the Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) Conservatory in Russia.
Mr. Raekallio made his American debut in 1981 at the Carnegie (Weill) Recital Hall. In his concerts, he has performed cycles of the complete piano Sonatas of Beethoven, Scriabin, and Prokofiev, as well as altogether 62 piano concertos. He has made about 20 CDs, including an acclaimed set of the complete Prokofiev Sonatas.
In 2007 Mr. Raekallio joined the faculty of the Juilliard School in New York, and in 2012 also that of the Bard College Conservatory. Before that, he has had professorships at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany, and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. In 2014, he moved back to Europe and resumed his professorship in Hannover. His students include several first prizewinners in major international competitions. He regularly serves as a juror in them, and gives master classes in the USA, Europe and Asia.
Mr. Raekallio’s Doctorate (Dr.Mus.) at the Sibelius Academy focused on the history of piano fingerings.