Roi Ruottinen entered the Vantaa Music Institute at the age of four as a student of Teppo Tuominen. He enrolled in the Sibelius Academy in 1990, and graduated from Martti Rousi’s cello class in 1994 with excellent grades. Earlier that year, he already won the shared first prize of the Turku Cello Competition. Roi Ruottinen has performed regularly as a soloist with the Finnish orchestras and as a chamber musician. Furthermore, he has performed in other countries in Europe, in the USA, Japan, China, and South America and also given master classes. In 1995-1996 he studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Professor Torleif Thedéen’s class. He won the first prize of the school’s soloist competition and was rewarded with an opportunity to play at the legendary Tivoli. In 1999 Ruottinen won the Uussoitto competition organized by the Society of Finnish Composers, which opened him doors to various festivals in Finland and abroad. There are many cello works composed for Ruottinen and he has co-operated with many distinguished composers, such as Saariaho, Penderecki, Lachenmann, Wennäkoski, and Pulkkis.
Ruottinen has made many radio and TV recordings in Finland and abroad. Since 2013 he has worked as lecturer at the Sibelius Academy. Ruottinen’s instruments are a David Pizzurnus 1769 Genova and Pierluigi Galetti 2010 Cremona.