began his piano lessons at the Kuopio Conservatoire as a pupil of Jouni Räty and continued with professional studies there under Jaakko Untamala. In 1998 he transferred to the Sibelius Academy to study with Erik T. Tawaststjerna, and from 2002 onwards also studied with Teppo Koivisto. He gained a Master´s degree in music in 2004. Since 2005 he has studied at the Sibelius Academy DocMus department.
Winner of the first prize in the Kuopio Piano Competition in 1996 and the Helmi Vesa Piano Competition in 1999, Mr. Marin was awarded the third prize in the Weimar International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in 2003. He has been soloist with the Kuopio Orchestra, The Weimar Staatskapelle, the Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä and other orchestras. Risto-Matti Marin has released a number of highly acclaimed solo CDs.