Pianist and composer Iiro Rantala (b. 1970) is one of the most prominent stars in Finnish jazz and perhaps in international jazz in general. Having studied at the Käpylä Music Institute, at the Pop/Jazz Conservatory and the Department of Jazz at the Sibelius Academy, along with classical piano studies at the Manhattan School of Music, Rantala founded what was to become Finland’s internationally most successful jazz combo, Trio Töykeät. His other ensembles include the Iiro Rantala New Trio with guitarist Marzi Nyman and beatboxer Felix Zenger (2006–2010) and the Duo Subterraneon with violinist Pekka Kuusisto.
Rantala enjoys exploring the borderlands between musical genres, and his concerto repertoire extends from Mozart through Bohuslav Martinů and Gershwin to Tapio Tuomela and Jukka Linkola. As a composer, he is known for his musicals and his soundtracks to the Risto Räppääjä (Ricky Rapper) children’s films, and also for his Piano Concerto in G#majAs, premiered with the Tapiola Sinfonietta in 2003.