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, his interpretations are known for their intensity, thoughtfulness and fearless musical conviction.

Juho collaborates with many pre-eminent conductors around the world including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lionel Bringuier, Sakari Oramo, Kirill Karabits, James MacMillan, Francois-Xavier Roth, Olari Elts and Hugh Wolff to name a few. A favorite of Robert Spano and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Juho enjoys a frequent and very successful collaboration, widely acclaimed by audience and critics alike. He has performed with major orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Danish National Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Finnish Radio Symphony, Lahti Symphony, with whom he toured Japan, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Pohjonen appears frequently with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, since being selected as one of the musicians to join the “CMS Two Residency Program for Outstanding Young Artists” from 2009-2012.

A pianist of elegant musicianship and pearly touch, Juho pleases audience around the globe with intimate, fearless programmes of recitals and chamber music concerts. He has given recitals in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Davies Symphony Hall, Harris Concert Hall (Aspen), De Singel, Wigmore Hall, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall (St. Petersburg), Auditorium du Louvre, Southam Hall (Ottawa) and Vancouver Playhouse. Juho has appeared in number of renowned festivals including Lucerne Piano, Savonlinna, Bergen, Ravinia, Aspen, Music@Menlo, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Sibelius Festival in Lahti.

Highlights of current and upcoming seasons include concerts with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Szczecin Philharmonic, Vancouver and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras and a tour of Korea and Taiwan with Music at Menlo. Juho continues his close association with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center giving series of recitals and chamber music concerts. He will also appear in chamber concerts at the Library of Congress in Washington, Wigmore Hall in London and Schloss Elmau. 2016/17 season features Juho in festivals such as Music at Menlo, Ravinia Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Marlboro Festival.

Juho’s debut CD under Dacapo label released in 2009 features piano concerto and solo piano piece by one of the most important 21st century Scandinavian composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra was positively received: “Juho Pohjonen has the measure of both scores and Ed Spanjaard draws vivid performances from the Danish National SO in Plateaux. Cracking sound, too.” (Gramophone). 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 Sibelius Academy where in 2008 he completed his Master's Degree under Meri Louhos and Hui-Ying Liu. Winner of a numerous Scandinavian Piano Competitions, in 2009 Juho was selected by Sir András Schiff as a winner of the Klavier Festival Ruhr Scholarship.

December 2016