This multiple award-winning pianist, born in 1970, is considered »Finland’s most internationally renowned jazz musician« (Jazz Finland). As a »natural phenomenon on the keys« (Jazzthing) Iiro Rantala is a singular master of his instrument, able to expertly combine virtuosity with intelligence, emotion and humour.
Rantala studied Jazz Piano at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, as well as classical piano at the Manhattan School of Music. In his home country, he is a superstar and musical ambassador with his own television programme. However, this excellent all-rounder is well-known far beyond the borders of Scandinavia, having won an Echo Jazz in the category ›Best International Pianist‹. His very own Trio Töykeät, with whom he also played until 2006, has given 2,300 concerts in over 40 countries and, with his surprising ideas, has turned many genres – particularly the tango – completely upside down.
In addition, Rantala has composed for numerous theatre pieces, musicals and feature films and since 2011 has been at the helm of the Jazz Piano Festival in Kapsäkki. Alongside his work for fim, television, radio and also as solo artist, Rantala has also produced several great albums; the album ›Lost Heroes‹ released in 2011 was celebrated by the Süddeutsche Zeitung as a »masterpiece« and the German Record Critics’ Award was only one of several prestigious awards it received. He has also won prizes for his concept albums, which deal with both the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and the work of John Lennon.