Photo: Simon Larsson
Top Swedish pianist Roland Pöntinen
Pianist and composer Roland Pöntinen (born 1963) is one of the most well-known Swedish musicians. Since his debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in 1981, Pöntinen has performed with major orchestras throughout the world. He has worked with Finnish conductor like Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Hannu Lintu, too.
Thanks to an insatiable musical appetite and a stupendous technique he has acquired a vast repertoire ranging from Bach to Ligeti. Many composers, among them Sven-Erik Bäck, Veli-Matti Puumala, Anders Eliasson and Anders Hillborg, have dedicated works to him. Always in great demand as a chamber player Pöntinen has worked with artists of distinction like Barbara Hendricks, Janine Jansen, Nobuko Imai, Peter Mattei, Martin Fröst, Zvi Zeitlin, Ulf Wallin, Torleif Thedéen, Håkan Hardenberger, Arve Tellefsen, Christian Lindberg and Nicolai Gedda.
Roland Pöntinen is also active as a composer and his Blue Winter was performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra under Wolfgang Sawallisch at Carnegie Hall in 1998. His latest work, L’éléphant rose for trumpet and piano, written for Håkan Hardenberger, was premiered at Wigmore Hall in 2016. He has also arranged music by Legrand, Joni Mitchell and Weill.
Pöntinen is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and in 2002 he received the Litteris et Artibus – a royal medal for recognition of eminent skills in the artistic field.
The concert will be held at Siuntio Church on Friday 13.11. at 7 o´clock pm.