Rauno Tikkanen acts as a conductor, clarinetist, senior lecturer of orchestra and chamber music at Savonia University of Applied Sciences Kuopio Area, Finland. Rauno Tikkanen is experienced conductor and instrumentalist in many styles. His repertoire includes classical symphonies, contemporary music, crossover and jazz projects. He has conducted many big scale jazz symphonic and classical works: “Powell Canyons” for saxophone, jazz trio and symphony orchestra by Henry Wolking, “Hearts” - A Suite for symphony orchestra and jazz ensemble by Heikki Sarmanto. He has conducted several world premieres like “Bassoon concerto” by Atso Almila, “Concertino for Flute” by Herbert Lindholm, Jazz opera “Manon” and “John the Baptist” oratorio-opera by Heikki Sarmanto. Among others Rauno Tikkanen has conducted Utah Philharmonic (USA), Il Maestri (England), Vanemuise Symphony Orchestra and Pärnu Philharmonic (Estonia), Kuopio Symphony Orchestra and Mikkeli Symphony Orchestra (Finland), Sinfonia Verona (Italy), Brasov Philharmonic (Romania), and several big bands. He has worked as the artistic director of Finnish E-5 Symphony Orchestra, as a director of Kuopio Academy of Music. In 2007-2008 he worked at the Merced College in California, the USA.
Rauno Tikkanen earned his clarinet diploma at the Sibelius-Academy in Finland under the tutelage of clarinetist-conductor Osmo Vänskä. Hos teacher in conducting was a legendary Finnish conductor, professor Jorma Panula. During 1987-2001 Rauno Tikkanen worked as the featured soloist and instructor of the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra and a clarinet teacher at the Kuopio Conservatory. As a clarinetist Rauno Tikkanen has performed in many European countries and the USA. He has been also the organizer and teacher of several summer courses, including Jorma Panula master classes.
Prices: Silver Medal for musical achievement (Kuopio town price, 1987), Jazz musician of the Year (Kuopio JazzSavo, 1991), Minna-price (Kuopio Art society, 1991), Aili Muroma – foundation price for musical skills (1998).