Roland Pöntinen

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Roland Peter Pöntinen (born 4 May 1963 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish pianist and composer.

He is the son of a Finnish-speaking father, a native of the Russian district of Ingria (near Leningrad) who emigrated from the Soviet Union to Sweden in 1945. He studied at the Adolf Fredrik's Music School and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in Stockholm with Gunnar Hallhagen, then with Menahem Pressler, György Sebok and Elisabeth Leonskaya at Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana, United States.

He made his debut in 1981 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and has since then performed with major orchestras in Europe, USA, Korea, South-America, Australia and New Zealand. He has worked with conductors Myung-Whun Chung, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leif Segerstam, Evgeny Svetlanov, Franz Welser-Möst and David Zinman amongst others. He has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as well as appearances in London Proms where he has played both the Grieg Piano Concerto and the György Ligeti Piano Concerto.

Pöntinen's solo record debut was a recital of Russian piano music on the BIS Records label in 1984. He has since made over 50 records as soloist, accompanist and with orchestra.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Roland Pöntinen Plays Russian Piano Music Roland Pöntinen 1
1984 The Virtuoso Trombone Christian Lindberg, Roland Pöntinen 1
1986 E. Satie - R. Pöntinen Erik Satie; Roland Pöntinen 2
1986 The Russian Cello Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Schnittke; Torleif Thedéen, Roland Pöntinen 1
1986 The Burlesque Trombone Christian Lindberg, Roland Pöntinen 1
1987 The Complete Symphonies, Volume 4: No. 5 in D minor / No. 6 in G minor Niels W. Gade; Stockholm Sinfonietta, Neeme Järvi, Roland Pöntinen 1
1987 Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no. 1 / Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor Tchaikovsky, Grieg; Bamberger Symphoniker, Roland Pöntinen, Leif Segerstam 1
1987 The Criminal Trombone Christian Lindberg, Roland Pöntinen 1
1987 The Solo Piano Music Sven-Erik Bäck; Roland Pöntinen 1
1987 "Eroica" Variations, op. 35 / Six Bagatelles, op. 126 / Sonata no. 12 in A-flat, op. 26 Ludwig van Beethoven; Roland Pöntinen 1
1987 Le Sacre du printemps / L'Oiseau de feu / Pétrouchka Igor Stravinsky; Dag Achatz, Roland Pöntinen 1
1987 The Russian Viola Nobuko Imai, Roland Pöntinen 1
1988 Sinfonietta on Estonian Motifs / Piano Concertino / Symphony no. 7 Eduard Tubin; Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Järvi, Roland Pöntinen 1
1989 Mysteries of the Macabre Håkan Hardenberger, Roland Pöntinen 1
1990 The Russian Flute Manuela Wiesler, Roland Pöntinen 1
1992 The Alfred Schnittke Edition, Volume 13: Piano Quintet / Kanon in memoriam Igor Strawinsky / Piano Quartet / String Trio Alfred Schnittke; The Tale Quartet, Roland Pöntinen 1
1994 The Sonatas for Viola and Piano / Meditation Paul Hindemith; Nobuko Imai, Roland Pöntinen 2
1994 Sonata no. 2 in Phrygian Key / Ballade on a Theme of Mart Saar / Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano / The Retreating Soldier's Song / Ave Maria Eduard Tubin; Roland Pöntinen, Nils-Erik Sparf, Pekka Savijoki, Lund's Student Choral Society, Janåke Larson, Neeme Järvi 1
1995 Carmina Burana (Chamber Version) Carl Orff; Lena Nordin, Hans Dornbusch, Peter Mattei, Roland Pöntinen, Love Derwinger, Kroumata Percussion Ensemble, Allmänna Sången, Uppsala Choir School Children's Choir, Cecilia Rydinger Alin 2
1996 Piano Music Alexander Scriabin; Dag Achatz, Roland Pöntinen 1
1997 A Bird Came Down the Walk Nobuko Imai, Roland Pöntinen 1
1997 Supersonic Trombone Christian Lindberg, Roland Pöntinen 1
1998 Works for Piano and Violin Johannes Brahms; Ulf Wallin, Roland Pöntinen 1
2002 Impressions George Enescu; Mihaela Martin, Roland Pöntinen 1
2004 Sonatas for Violin & Piano / Triptyque / Élégie Camille Saint‐Saëns; Ulf Wallin, Roland Pöntinen 1
2005 Schoenberg / Webern Schoenberg, Webern; Ulf Wallin, Torleif Thedéen, Roland Pöntinen 1
2005 Clarinet Sonatas & Trio Johannes Brahms; Martin Fröst, Roland Pöntinen, Torleif Thedéen 1
2007 Epilogue: Works for Cello and Piano Alfred Schnittke; Torleif Thedéen, Roland Pöntinen 1
2011 The Violin Sonatas Robert Schumann; Ulf Wallin, Roland Pöntinen 1
2014 Clarinet Quintet / Clarinet Trio / 6 Songs Brahms; Martin Fröst, Janine Jansen, Boris Brovstyn, Maxim Rysanov, Torleif Thedéen, Roland Pöntinen 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Lieder Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Alma Mahler; Christina Högman, Roland Pöntinen 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Franz Schubert - Ave Maria Barbara Hendricks & Roland Pöntinen 1

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