April 24, 2019
Artist Spotlight: Pianist Juho Pohjonen

Since stepping in on a moment's notice to make his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Manfred Honeck for Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen has had a remarkable 2018-2019. He appeared as soloist with the Nashville, Pacific, Duluth Superior, and Bay Atlantic symphony orchestras and gave recitals in Savannah, Toronto, and Burlington. At his 92nd Street Y recital debut in April, Anthony Tommasini noted that in Pohjonen's performance of Esa-Pekka Salonen's Dichotomie, "he had the piece sounding alluring, with watery runs and milky colors amid bouts of pummeling chords. It no longer seemed nearly impossible. You might say he played it like a master." (New York Times

As a chamber musician, he gave a "polished" and "technically impressive" (Washington Classical Review) account of Beethoven’s Piano Trio in G major with members of the Calidore Quartet at Wolf Trap. In his collaboration with the Escher String Quartet presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Pohjonen "proved himself to be a singularly luminous Mozart interpreter. Spontaneous, stylish, and well-paced, he seemed to conjure the notes from thin air, breaking fresh, verdant ground." (Chicago Classical Review)

2019-2020 Performance Highlights


Summer Festivals:
Chamberfest Cleveland | June 25, 28, & 29
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center | July 14
Music@Menlo​ | July 25 & 26
Tannery Pond | July 27
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center​ on Tour at SPAC | August 11 & 13

Orchestral Debuts:
New Jersey Symphony | November 1-3
Grieg: Piano Concerto | Markus Stenz
Rochester Philharmonic | January 16 & 18
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 | Fabien Gabel 
L'Orchestre Symphonique de Québec​ | May 6
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 5 | Jean-Claude Picard

In Recital:
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society | October 27
San Francisco Performances | November 6
with Bomsori Kim, violin
Steinway Society – The Bay Area | April 18
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center | January 14
with Richard O’Neill, viola and Jan Vogler, cello


Juho Pohjonen Performs Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor

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