The Finnish accrdionist, Janne Rättyä, was admitted at the age of 11 to study in the Youth Academy of the Sibelius Academy, where he first studied under Heidi Velamo and later with lecturer Matti Rantanen. He continued his studies+in the soloist department of the Sibelius Academy under lecturer Matti Rantanen completing his Masters of Music degree in 1998. He went on to study in Folkwang Hoschschule Essen with Professor Mie Miki, receiving his "concert exam" with distinction in 2000. Rättyä has received stipendiums from the Wihuri Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Art Council of Finland and from the DAAD. He has received awards for numerous national and international classic accordion and soloist competitions, most notable his 1st prize at the international Arrasate Hiria competition in Spain in 1996.
Janne Rättyä is regarded as one of the most successful classical accordionists. He has performed as a soloist as well as a chamber musician in most European countries. He gave his debut recital in the Chamber Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie in November 2002 (with the Debut Series of DeutschlandRadio Berlin). This was the first ever accordion recital at the Berlin Philharmonie. Since his debut in the Voris Hall in Tokyo in 1999, he has also toured Japan frequently. He has also introduced his instrument to venues like Van Vlaanderen Festival, Kyoto International Music Festival, Toppan Hall (Tokyo), Musashino Hall (Tokyo), Pacific Rim Festival, Salzburger Aspekte and Wien Modern.
Janne Rättyä performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, in the USA and Asia. He has appeared with musicians such as Jorma Hynninen, Pekka Kuusisto, Martyn Brabbins and Patrick Gallois, to name but a few and has appeared also as a soloist with many Finnish and foreign orchestras, among others with the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. He has closely collaborated with composers including Aldo Clementi, Dieter Schnebel, Gerhard Stäbler, Kunsu Shim, Uljas Voitto Pulkkis, and Iris ter Schiphorst to create new music for his young instrument.
From Autumn 2000 to Autumn 2002, Janne Rättyä was a lecturer at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen in Germany and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Since Spring 2003, he has been professor for accordion at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria.
Janne Rättyä has recorded two CD’s for the German record company Castigo; the Inventions and Sinfonias by J.S. Bach and the accordion works by Sofia Gubaidulina. A number of further recordings will be published in the near future. He appears under the German-Austrian CD label VMS and the Japanese Octavia Records label.