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Mr. Mika Rännäli

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Vähälä's recital on March 25 with ...
www.incidentlight.com, 26 Mar 2008 [cached]
Vähälä's recital on March 25 with pianist Mika Rännäli -- both are Sibelius Academy graduates -- was a splendid example of the depth of Finnish musical training.
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Rännäli was a worthy partner, clear and just flexible enough, and admirably objective in Debussy.
Mika Rännäli
www.fawnet.org, 31 Mar 2007 [cached]
Mika Rännäli, Pianist (visit www.rannali.com)
After his critically acclaimed breakthrough playing the Third Piano Concerto by the Finnish composer Aarre Merikanto on a tour of England and Scandinavia; and after his highly acclaimed New York debut, Mika Rännäli has established his position as one of the most extraordinary and intriguing artists of his generation.Such descriptions as "phenomenal artist" - Gothenburg Post -Sweden, "the young master of the piano" - Helsingin Sanomat -Finland, "plays with boisterous energy as well as with lyrical serenity" - Birmingham Post -England, "Mika Rännäli, an artist of the highest level" - Iisalmen Sanomat - Finland, "Mika Rännäli, the mature artist" - Kaleva - Finland, have followed his recitals, orchestral and chamber performances all over the world.
After winning the Artist International Auditions in New York, Mika Rännäli played his New York debut at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in December 1999, after which Harris Goldsmith, the critic of The New York Concert Review wrote: "Mika Rannali, gave a truly impressive account of himself.
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Mika Rännäli has toured extensively in Scandinavia, central and southern Europe, Japan and the USA.He has appeared with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Sinfonia Lahti, the Tampere Philharmonic, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, the Oulu Symphony Orchestra, the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, the Biel-Bienne Symphony Orchestra (Switzerland), the Flawiler Chamber Orchestra (Switzerland), and he has worked with conductors such as Okko Kamu, Vasili Sinaiski, Howard Griffiths, Marc Tardue, Juha Kangas, Arvo Volmer, Bjarte Engeset, Ulf Söderblom, Jan Söderblom and Tibor Boganyi.
Mr. Rännäli has won many competitions in his native Finland, including the first national Leevi Madetoja Piano Competition at the age of eighteen followed by The Helmi-Vesa Competition, as well as a special award in The Kuhmo International Duo Competition.He has permormed at many festivals, including the Shandelee Music Festival (USA), the Helsinki Festival, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the Mikkeli Music Festival, the Espoo International Piano Festival, the Sonkajärvi Soi, the Tuusulanjärvi Chamber Music Festival and Les Boreales de Normandie in France.
Mika Rännäli is also a composer.His works are mainly for the piano with an exception of a song cycle called "The Ice Mirror".
Mika Rännäli's first solo disc, Music of Love and Death (2002), contains music by Wagner-Liszt, Scriabin, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Englund, Ginastera as well as Rännäli himself.
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As an artist, Mika Rännäli has an extremely varied musical and artistic background.He has studied the violin, trumpet and piano.In addition, he has been a three-time Champion in Latin American-style and ballroom dancing in Finland.
Mika Rännäli gained his Master of Music degree at the Sibelius Academy, where he studied with Eero Heinonen, Matti Raekallio and Ralf Gothóni.He then continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of Nina Svetlanova.
Mika Rännäli is also the Artistic Director of the Oulu Music Festival, which takes place annually near the Arctic Circle in Finland.
Mika Rannali
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Mika Rännäli's performance was better, blending power, technique, artistic sensibility, and that sort of riveting presence that is simply a gift.
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Rännäli is a powerful player with unbelievable dynamic range. There were places, like the passages in fast double octaves, where his speed, power, and accuracy produced thrilling textures. Rännäli was able to voice lyricism in the concerto on several occasions, most notably in the Chopinesque figuration of the cadenza passage in the second movement.
Both orchestra and soloist collaborated to make the two opposed dances that comprise the finale sound vivid.
During the final triumphant statement of the work, which was the loudest sound of the evening, Rännäli was still able to cut through with his passagework--loud and clear.
He was greeted with a lasting and noisy standing ovation from the Greenwich audience. Rännäli smiled and pointed toward the piano on his third call-back. He cupped his hands and shouted "Don't worry, it is a short piece.
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Rännäli's most recent CD, called "Intimate Garden" essays the complete works for piano of this composer.
At the close of the encore, Rännäli sat still with his hands on the keyboard as the sound disappeared slowly and silence crept in.
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Mika Rännäli captured all the dynamics of this impressive work. The Finnish-born pianist - having come here as a promising pianist in 1996 - came full circle with a superb performance.
In his handling of the roller-coaster composition, Rännäli ranged from thunderous to sublime effect that included explosive power in dramatic passages, facile technique in runs and sensitivity in lyric phrases. And in the conclusion of his "drama-through-sound," he retarded the tempo, softened the volume and faded to infinity.
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One readily agrees, too, with Mika Rännäli's identification of its 'childlike charm, a touch of mischief, wild boisterousness', what he calls its 'Ostrobothnian fervour' I suppose can be taken on trust.
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Rännäli has an interesting mixed portfolio. He is not only a composer but also three-times Finnish champion in Latin American and ballroom dancing - a not irrelevant attribute, perhaps, given Madetoja's penchant for minuets, waltzes and gavottes.
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The soloist, Mika Rännäli, respected the character of the work (Choral Fantasy by Beethoven) with his well-proportioned playing, which was based on the right amount of contrasts. The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the conductor Okko Kamu were also at their best in the Fantasy .
Helsingin Sanomat, Finland (November 2004)
The First Piano Concerto by Shostakovitch seems to fit Mika Rännäli exceptionally well. The work in many places requires a circus-like atmosphere and Rännäli's personality is known to possess at least a hint of those qualities. This time the emotional climax was in the Second Movement where Rännäli created the Slavic longing in the best Rachmaninoff style. The First Movement concentrated more on elegance and lyricism than the slapstick aesthetics of the silent movie era. The speed race was saved for the finale.
Kaleva, Finland (March 2004)
Mika Rännäli was an excellent soloist in the First Piano Concerto by Franz Liszt.
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Rännäli was also capable of enjoying the calmer moods pleasurably.
The collaboration between Mika Rännäli and conductor Tibor Boganyi worked admirably well, balance and the rhythmic elements were in perfect harmony and the famous triangle solo was brilliant.
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The program of Mika Rännäli's recital was a versatile combination ranging from Mozart to Madetoja, from Liszt to Ginastera without forgetting the Russians, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff.
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Joyful rhythms and the successful characterization of the dances seemed to fit Rännäli perfectly. Mika Rännäli's virtuosity as well as his musical and determined approach made a huge impression throughout the concert.
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On Saturday and Sunday, pianist Mika Rännäli played the complete piano works by Leevi Madetoja.
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Mika Rännäli's playing revealed his meticulous preparation and deep understanding from the first note to the last.
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The well-known First Piano Concerto by Tchaikovsky was interpreted by a rising star, pianist Mika Rännäli and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vasili Sinaiski.
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Mika Rännäli is a lyrical poet who doesn't shout his emotions with the piano. Instead, he delicately reveals his intelligent musical ideas to the listener. He molded the rhythms in the first movement of the concerto freely and with rubato, whereas the second and third movements were a celebration of clear sound and lively rhythms.
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Rännäli lived the music to the full. I had the impression that both the composer and the interpreter possess more than a hint of satiric humor. Mika Rännäli interpreted Scriabin's expressionism in a tumultuously quite different way from Englund´s classicism. His interpretation had just the powerful intensity that the work requires. He also presented another kind of Scriabin as his encore, a beautifully spiritual prelude. Claude Debussy´s four preludes and L´Isle joyeuse demonstrated that, in addition to his breath-taking rhythmic fireworks, Rännäli can fully master and command the sound itself.
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All in all, Mika Rännäli is a charismatic pianist who truly knows how to connect to the listener!
Iisalmen Sanomat, Finland (July 2000)
In the Ravel Piano Concerto young Mika Rännäli revealed his claws, and they were sharp. He structured the work with exceptional accuracy, showing off his bravura skills securely and elegantly and also revealing the jazz-like and down-to-earth qualities of the music.
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Mika Rännäli's Mozart Playing has Fluent Elegance.
In music circles, Mika Rännäli is known as a multifaceted talent. His slender elegance and grand manner go beyond that of other young pianists. His playing has acquired even more lightness and dancing suppleness than before -- rich in colour, with fluent virtuosity and sparkling rhythm.
The destiny-filled gloom and tempestuous roar of the concerto's first movement were left behind like a distant memory, their agonising shadows unable to reach either the graceful Romanze or the playful finale.
The cadenzas, which cleverly showcased his enormous talent, struck me as extraordinary. I discovered later that they had been written by Mr. Rännäli himself.
Helsingin Sanomat, Finland (April 2000)
Luminous Mozart by a Promising Pianist
Mika Rännäli was the soloist in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor , and he played it with excellent balance and full of Viennese classical linearity.
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Mr.Rännäli's Mozart playing also awoke interest with its surface brilliance. He generated a sound full of brightness, sensitivity and refinement. I especially enjoyed the lyrical main theme of the slow movement which attained a true Mozartian childlike innocence and simplicity. This was Rännäli's first public performance of the concerto and it proved his enormous talent.
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Rännäli was an individualist -- heroic, gentlehanded -- conveying his spirit, and the Scriabin spirit, with both delicacy and (paradoxically) strength.
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Rännäli interpreted the Haydn Sonata in his own strongly individual way -- especially the Adagio movement which was almost impressionistically painted. I admired his fingerwork and his pliant and precise touch in the fast movements. An unfailingly clear and bright Haydn.
Rännäli showed a contrasting side of his interpretive powers in the Etude-Tableau, Op. 33, No. 9 by Rachmaninov. The etude was volcanic and rich with strong emotions. This dark side of Slav Romanticism seems to fit Rännäli perfectly and the Scriabin Etudes were also full of whirling emotions. In the two Opera Fantasies by Liszt, especially with the Verdi-Liszt Rigoletto , Rännäli created a very skillful illusion of the orchestra.
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Mr. Rännäli is both very gifted and full of essential conviction.
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Mika Rännäli plays Bach lyrically and quietly. With delicate use of the pedal he blends the Preludes and Fugues of The Well Tempered Clavier into the church's own natural acoustics.
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Mr.Rännäli gives a most amazing interpretation of the Prelude and Nocturne for the left hand Op.9 by Scriabin. With eyes closed, I could have sworn that the pianist was using (at least) two hands. Mr. Rännäli played the most difficult passages with ease.
After the intermission, the drowsy calm is broken. The Chopin B minor Etude (Op. 25, No. 10) pours out its infernal octaves with maximum power and Rännäli truly triumphs in the fff passages.
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Emma Vähälä, Sennu Laine and especially the young master of the piano Mika Rännäli caught a most genuine Russian nostalgia in the Piano Trio No.1 'Elégiaque' by Rachmaninoff.
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Mika Rännäli
Mika Rannali
www.rannali.com, 10 Mar 2007 [cached]
Finnish-born pianist Mika Rännäli has established his position as one of the most extraordinary and intriguing artists of his generation. After his critically acclaimed breakthrough playing the Third Piano Concerto by the Finnish composer Aarre Merikanto on a tour of England and Scandinavia; and after his highly acclaimed New York debut, such descriptions as "phenomenal artist" - Gothenburg Post -Sweden, "the young master of the piano" - Helsingin Sanomat -Finland, "plays with boisterous energy as well as with lyrical serenity" - Birmingham Post -England, "Mika Rännäli, an artist of the highest level" - Iisalmen Sanomat - Finland, "Mika Rännäli, the mature artist" - Kaleva - Finland, have followed his recitals, orchestral and chamber performances all over the world.
After winning the Artist International Auditions in New York, Mika Rännäli played his New York debut at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in December 1999, after which Harris Goldsmith, the critic of The New York Concert Review wrote: "Mika Rannali, gave a truly impressive account of himself.
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Mika Rännäli has toured extensively in Scandinavia, central and southern Europe, Japan and the USA. He has appeared with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Nacional do Porto, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Sinfonia Lahti, the Tampere Philharmonic, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, the Oulu Symphony Orchestra, the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, the Biel-Bienne Symphony Orchestra, the Flawiler Chamber Orchestra, and he has worked with conductors such as Okko Kamu, Vasili Sinaiski, Howard Griffiths, Marc Tardue, Juha Kangas, Arvo Volmer, Bjarte Engeset, Ulf Söderblom, Jan Söderblom and Tibor Boganyi.
Mr. Rännäli has won many competitions in his native Finland, including the first national Leevi Madetoja Piano Competition at the age of eighteen followed by The Helmi-Vesa Competition, as well as a special award in The Kuhmo International Duo Competition. He has permormed at many festivals, including the Shandelee Music Festival (USA), the Helsinki Festival, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the Mikkeli Music Festival, the Espoo International Piano Festival, the Sonkajärvi Soi, the Tuusulanjärvi Chamber Music Festival and Les Boreales de Normandie in France.
Mika Rännäli is also a composer. His works are mainly for the piano with a few exceptions: two song cycles ( "The Ice Mirror" and "While the Aeolian Harps Keep Playing") as well as a fantasy for violin and piano ("Maktub").
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Mika Rännäli's first solo disc, Music of Love and Death (2002), contains music by Wagner-Liszt, Scriabin, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Englund, Ginastera as well as Rännäli himself.
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Among Mr. Rännäli's chamber music partners have been singers Jorma Hynninen and Helena Juntunen, violinists Pekka Kuusisto, Barnabas Kelemen, Elina Vähälä and John Storgårds, clarinetist Martin Fröst and cellists Marko Ylönen and Christoph Richter.
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As an artist, Mika Rännäli has an extremely varied musical and artistic background. He has studied the violin, trumpet and piano. In addition, he has been a three-time Champion in Latin American-style and ballroom dancing in Finland.
Mika Rännäli gained his Master of Music degree at the Sibelius Academy, where he studied with Eero Heinonen, Matti Raekallio and Ralf Gothóni. He then continued his studies under the guidance of Nina Svetlanova at the Manhattan School of Music, where he also studied composition with Ludmila Ulehla and conducting with David Gilbert.
From 2002 until 2008, Mika Rännäli was the Artistic Director of the Oulu Music Festival near the Arctic Circle in Finland.
Mika Rännäli Gives Oulu An ...
www.65degreesnorth.com, 7 Mar 2007 [cached]
Mika Rännäli Gives Oulu An Earful
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Mika Rännäli
The annual Oulu Music Festival offers a broad variety of classical music with international flair.Mirja Krause interviews the festival Artistic Director Mika Rännäli, a critically acclaimed virtuoso who plays the piano, trumpet, and violin.
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Since Mika Rännäli is always on the run, I was lucky to catch him on the phone while he was walking in Helsinki during his lunchbreak.Organising the Oulun Musiikkijuhlat for the fifth time now, Mika started playing the violin when he was six.He also started playing the trumpet but says nowadays he only plays the piano.When asked which performances he would recommend this year, he said that "everything has quality, but I myself am a big fan of The Real Group.
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When I asked Mika Rännäli why they have an event especially for kids, he answered that it was a tradition.
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Naturally, Rännäli will take part in some of the acts himself.
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