Risto-Matti Marin

Risto-Matti Marin (b. 1976) has recorded many internationally acclaimed solo piano discs, and several discs of chamber music. He has also made a number of recordings for the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE). Marin’s recorded catalogue varies from the cornerstones of classical/romantic piano repertoire to rare original works, transcriptions, and contemporary music. Marin earned his doctoral degree in 2010 from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

In addition to his work as a piano recitalist and chamber musician Marin lectures on piano music and teaches at masterclasses in Finland and abroad. His early teachers in the Kuopio Conservatoire were Jouni Räty and Jaakko Untamala. Later Marin studied in the Sibelius Academy, where his teachers were Erik T. Tawaststjerna and Teppo Koivisto.

As a soloist, as well as a chamber musician together with classical saxophonist Olli-Pekka Tuomisalo, Marin has premiered many Finnish contemporary works, by 
Eero Hämeenniemi, Sebastian Fagerlund and Matthew Whittall, among others. Recently, Marin was the co-dedicatee, along with Angela Hewitt, of Whittall’s piano concerto “Nameless Seas”, of which he gave the European premiere in November 2017 as soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Olari Elts. Recently Marin has made first recordings of unknown Finnish piano repertoire. A contemporary music disc “Sixth Sense” was released in 2018, and recordings of sonatas by Ilmari Hannikainen and Einari Marvia will be released later this year.