Biography

Artturi Rönkä (b. 1990) is a Finnish pianist, composer and arranger.

In 2009 Rönkä started his studies in jazz piano at the jazz department of Sibelius Academy, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in 2011. Since the autumn 2011 he studied jazz composition in the same academy, studying mostly with contemporary classical composers and graduating with a master’s degree in 2015. During the academic year 2012-2013 Rönkä studied in the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP).

For the past few years, the band AR Quartet (formerly known as Artturi Rönkä Quartet) has been Rönkä’s main project as a piano player. The band, that features saxophonist Sampo Kasurinen, bassist Eero Seppä and drummer Jonatan Sarikoski, won the first prize in Finnish “Young Nordic Jazz Comets” competition in May 2012 and placed second in international “Jazz Hoeilaart” competition in Belgium in September 2012. In 2013 they were also awarded as “We Jazz Rising Star” at the inaugural We Jazz festival event in Helsinki.

Rönkä has also been successful in composing competitions. Highlights so far include the first prizes in both Finnish “Esko Linnavalli” (2011, organized by UMO Jazz Orchestra) and international “Jazzverk” (2012 Luleå, Sweden, organized by Norrbotten Big Band) big band composition contests. In 2013  Rönkä also received the prestigious “Artist of the Year” prize at the Pori Jazz Festival. In May 2014 Rönkä was one of the seven composer-arrangers from around the world who were invited to participate in the Metropole Orkest Arrangers Workshop in the Netherlands, where he had the chance to work with the Metropole Orchestra, the composer-arranger-conductor Vince Mendoza and the jazz and soul singer Gregory Porter.