Juho Pohjonen, one of the brightest young instrumental talents to emerge from Finland, 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.
Pohjonen’s studies began in 1989 when he entered the Junior Academy of the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki where he studied with Meri Louhos and Hui-Ying Liu. He completed his Master’s Degree in 2008 at the Sibelius Academy. He has also participated in several master classes of world-class pianists such as András Schiff, Leon Fleisher, Jacob Lateiner and Barry Douglas.
In 2009, András Schiff selected Pohjonen as winner of the Klavier Festival Ruhr Scholarship. In addition, Pohjonen 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.
Pohjonen has given recitals all over the world, including Dresden, Hamburg, Helsinki, London (Wigmore Hall), New York (Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center), Washington, DC (the Kennedy Center), San Francisco, Vancouver, Alicante, Warsaw and Hong Kong. He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco, Swedish Radio, Bournemouth and Lahti symphonies; Scottish Chamber and Philharmonia orchestras and Zagrebacka Filharmonija.
Pohjonen’s debut recording Plateaux features two works by Scandinavian composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, his piano concerto Plateaux pour Piano et Orchestre with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and his 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. Also featured on the recording are Mozart’s Sonata in A major, Grieg’s Ballade in g minor in the Form of Variations on a Norwegian Folk Song and Handel’s Suite in B-flat major.