JUHO POHJONEN

Biography

One of the brightest young instrumental artists to emerge from Finland, Juho Pohjonen has attracted great attention as one of the Nordic country's most intriguing and talented pianists.

Widely praised for his broad range of repertoire from Bach and Mozart to Messiaen and Salonen, Juho collaborates with the world’s foremost conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lionel Bringuier, Sakari Oramo, Kirill Karabits, James MacMillan, Francois-Xavier Roth and Marek Janowski to name a few. A favorite of Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Juho enjoys a frequent and very successful collaboration, widely acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.

Past orchestral highlights include performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Lahti Symphony, with which he toured Japan, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In recitals, he has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Davies Symphony Hall, Harris Concert Hall (Aspen), Wigmore Hall, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall (St. Petersburg) and Auditorium du Louvre. Juho has also appeared in number of renowned festivals including Lucerne Piano, Savonlinna, Bergen, Grant Park, Aspen, Music at Menlo, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Sibelius in Lahti.

A committed chamber musician, Juho enjoys a frequent collaboration with distinguished musicians such as Karen Gomyo, Nicolas Dautricourt, Yura Lee, Christian Poltéra, Jakob Koranyi and Osmo Vänskä. After having been selected as one of the musicians of the “CMS Two Residency Program for Outstanding Young Artists” from 2009-2012, Juho appears regularly with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where he returns in February 2017.

Highlights of 16/17 season include debut performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Szczecin Philharmonic and Antalya State Symphony Orchestra. Juho will also return to the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Chamber music highlights include the Library of Congress in Washington with Brett Dean, Wigmore Hall in London with Jakob Koranyi, Opera de Limoges with Nicolas Dautricourt, Schloss Elmau with Irina Zahharenkova and Suvisoitto Festival in Finland with Osmo Vänskä and Erin Keefe.

Juho’s debut CD under the Dacapo label released in 2009 features Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s piano concerto Plateaux pour Piano et Orchestre with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under Ed Spanjaard and solo piano piece For Piano. His sensational opening recital at Music@Menlo’s 2010 Festival led to a recording for the Music@Menlo Live 2010 series entitled Maps and Legends: Disc 8, bringing together works by Mozart, Grieg, Handel and Brahms.

Pohjonen began piano studies in 1989 when he entered the Junior Academy of the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki subsequently joining the Sibelius Academy where in 2008 he completed his Master's Degree under Meri Louhos and Hui-Ying Liu. Winner of numerous Scandinavian Piano Competitions including First Prize at the 2004 Nordic Piano Competition in Nyborg, Denmark, Juho was selected by Sir András Schiff as winner of the Klavier Festival Ruhr Scholarship in 2009.

February 2017