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CMS2 Artist 2009-2012, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
One of the brightest young instrumental talents to emerge from Finland today, Juho Pohjonen has attracted great attention as one of the Nordic country’s most intriguing and talented pianists. Juho Pohjonen has performed with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under Olari Elts and Iceland Symphony Orchestra under François-Xavier Roth, as well as the Philharmonia Orchestra under Nicholas Collon, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under James MacMillan and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Spano. 2014 will see Juho make his debut at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Chopin Festival in Mallorca, and with Bamberger Symphoniker and Tonhalle Orchester Zurich.
15 Jul 2015
Juho Pohjonen returns to New York to perform in Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center’s Inaugural Summer...
10 Apr 2013
Juho Pohjonen makes his first appearance in San Diego performing in recital for the La Jolla Music...
18 Feb 2013
February sees Juho Pohjonen make a welcome return to the UK. He will first appear in recital at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on 24...
10 Jan 2013
This week Juho Pohjonen re-unites with Music Director Robert Spano for his return to the...
13 Nov 2012
Performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491, Juho will join conductor François-Xavier Roth to make his debut appearance with the...
27 Sep 2012
Juho Pohjonen returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen to play Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1.
Part of the Philharmonia's "...
05 Sep 2012
No stranger to the Helsinki Music Centre, Juho Pohjonen returns this week to make his debut with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra performing...
07 Aug 2012
Following his appearances at Music@Menlo, Juho Pohjoen will make his debut at the Aspen Music Festival performing Messiaen's Des canyons aux étoiles with the Festival's Chamber Ensemble, John...
18 Jul 2012
For the tenth-anniversary season, Pohjonen returns to Music@Menlo to play chamber music on 21 and 22 July as well as to perform a Carte Blanche recital...
16 Mar 2012
On 15 and 16 March 2012, Juho Pohjonen will perform the world premiere of a Piano Concerto by Aleksandar Simic with conductor Bojan Sudjic and the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. The work, titled...
New York Times - Jul 2015
Basler Zeitung - Aug 2013
New York Times - Mar 2013
Concertonet.com - Mar 2013
The Washington Post - Mar 2013
Music & Vision - Feb 2013
The Atlanta Journal Constitution - Jan 2013
Mercury News - Jul 2010
Classical Music Guide - Aug 2010
Seen & Heard (Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 5) - Feb 2008
LA Times (Salonen Piano Concerto) - Jul 2009
New York Times - Oct 2004
One of the brightest young instrumental talents 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 to Salonen, his interpretations are known for their intensity, thoughtfulness and fearless musical conviction. A favorite of Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra it was said of his most recent performances of Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 5 in G Major that “His playing is simply extraordinary. This was a night when a good view of the soloist’s hands was worth extra money. It was a performance worth recording of a work worth hearing.” (The Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Season highlights for 2014-2015 include performances with Tonhalle Orchestra and Lionel Bringuier, Ostrobothnian Orchestra and Sakari Oramo, and a return visit to The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for performances with Wu Tan featuring Mozart and Mendelssohn Sonatas for Four Hands. Juho will also perform in recital at Horsecross, Perth and tour with Sibelius Piano Trio. Recently, Juho returned to Music@Menlo festival, toured with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, first to Festpiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommen followed by a U.S. tour to La Jolla, Phoenix, Sedona, Lawrence, Kansas and Sleepy Hollow, New York in Autumn 2013. Pohjonen also returned to Philharmonia Orchestra and performed in recital in Antwerp, Belgium.
Other concert highlights include performances with Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen, Helsinki Philharmonic with Olari Elts, Bournemouth Symphony with James MacMillan, and Iceland Symphony with Francois-Xavier Roth. In the U.S. Pohjonen made his debut at the Aspen Music Festival performing Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles with Maestro Robert Spano. He performed with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York and Chicago, and gave recitals in New York, Washington, D.C., and La Jolla. He performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and again joined Maestro Spano at Carnegie Hall and Ensemble ACJW in a reprise of Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles.
Pohjonen has given recitals in Dresden, Hamburg, Helsinki, London (Wigmore Hall), New York (Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center), Washington, D.C. (the Kennedy Center), Vancouver, Alicante, Warsaw, Hong Kong and at the Lucerne Piano, Savonlinna, Bergen and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals. He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Danish National, Finnish Radio Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Scottish Chamber and Philharmonia Orchestras, Zagrebacka Filharmonija and Lahti Symphony, with which he toured Japan.
Pohjonen's debut recording Plateaux features a performance of Scandinavian composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen's piano concerto Plateaux pour Piano et Orchestre with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and solo piano piece For Piano. His sensational opening recital at 2010's Music@Menlo Festival led to a recording for the Music@Menlo Live 2010 series entitled Maps and Legends: Disc 8. Works featured on the recording are Mozart's Sonata in A Major, K.331, Grieg's Ballade in g minor in the Form of Variations on a Norwegian Folk Song, Op. 24 and Handel's Suite in B-flat Major.
Pohjonen's studies began in 1989 when he entered the Junior Academy of the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. He has studied with Meri Louhos and Hui-Ying Liu at the Sibelius Academy, where he completed his Master's Degree in 2008. Pohjonen has also participated in several master classes of world-class pianists such as András Schiff, Leon Fleisher, Jacob Lateiner and Barry Douglas.
In 2009, Juho Pohjonen was selected by András Schiff as winner of the Klavier Festival Ruhr Scholarship. In addition, he has won numerous prizes in both Finnish and international competitions, including First Prize at the 2004 Nordic Piano Competition in Nyborg, Denmark, First Prize at the 2000 International Young Artists Concerto Competition in Stockholm, the Prokofiev Prize at the 2003 AXA Dublin International Piano Competition and a prize at the 2002 Helsinki International Maj Lind Piano Competition.
‘If we needed proof that exciting new talent is in the pipeline, there was the marvelous American debut of Juho Pohjonen at [Carnegie's] Weill Recital Hall. Mr. Pohjonen offered a formidable mixed program, topped by thrilling accounts of two fiendishly difficult works by a fellow Finn, Esa-Pekka Salonen.'
-The New York Times