Ralf Gothóni (1994)
Finnish-born Ralf Gothóni was named the second Gilmore Artist in 1994. Throughout his career, the pianist has developed a many-sided profession that includes chamber musician and conductor all over the world.
Gothóni began his studies on the violin at age three and on piano at age five. At 15 he debuted as an orchestra soloist and in 1967, he appeared at the Jyväskylä Summer Festival as the “debutant of the year.”
His performances include appearances at prestigious music festivals – Salzburg, Berlin, Prague, Prades, Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, La Roque de Antheron, Ravinia, Tanglewood and more – and performances with the Chicago, Detroit and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, Berlin and Warsaw Philharmonics, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Japan Philharmonic and the English Chamber Orchestra among others. He appears annually in numerous concerts both as soloist and conductor, conducting from the keyboard.
Gothóni has recorded some 100 albums for several labels, including BIS, CPO, Decca, DGG, EMI and Ondine. Among the recordings should especially be mentioned his Schubert interpretations, piano concertos by Britten, Villa-Lobos and Rautavaara.
A native of Finland, Gothóni currently resides in Germany.