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October 22, 2019
Juho Pohjonen Launches "MyPianist" App

Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen, regarded as one of today’s most exciting instrumentalists, is not only making captivating music in concert halls this fall, he is also launching “MyPianist,” a novel, AI (artificial intelligence)-based app that provides interactive piano accompaniment to musicians everywhere.

MyPianist

"MyPianist is an excellent tool for music students and professionals alike. It is pretty incredible that the app's pianist really 'listens' to you!"
–  Osmo Vänskä, Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra 

 
Designed and programmed by Mr. Pohjonen himself and infused with his keen musical sensibility, MyPianist acts as a “virtual pianist” for musicians looking to hone their skills or learn new material. MyPianist carefully "listens" to the musician’s playing and recreates the piano part in real time, matching the timing and nuances of the live performance.

Violinist Arnaud Sussman says, “This app is amazing! It will follow your tempi, dynamics, rubato, etc. Every musician, professional or amateur should give it a try.”

“I hope that MyPianist inspires people to play and enjoy the chamber music repertoire," Mr. Pohjonen says. "The app is certainly not meant to replace live pianists, but they are not always available - especially the good ones. With MyPianist one can have a high-quality musical partner anytime, anywhere.”

Erin Keefe, violinist and Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra, says, “MyPianist is an ingenious tool for both students and professionals alike. It is perfect for those times when I would like to run through a sonata or concerto and don’t have access to a pianist.This [app] follows my lead and I am able to play a piece using my own interpretation instead of playing along with someone else’s recording.  I can’t recommend it highly enough!”

The app also features an elegant interface with beautifully engraved sheet music for use on any iOS device, and can be downloaded for free at Apple’s App Store. More information and videos are available at the website https://mypianist.app

Yura Lee playing along with MyPianist

Upcoming Concert Performances

“Pearly touch, singing tone and sensitivity.... [Pohjonen] demonstrated his elegant musicianship throughout the program.”
– The New York Times  

Mr. Pohjonen also brings his electrifying performances to the stage this fall in person. He will make his debut with the New Jersey Symphony October 31 – November 3, performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto under the direction of Markus Stenz. On October 27, Mr. Pohjonen will make his recital debut with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, performing music by Rameau and Scriabin. And on November 6, Pohjonen will join violinist Bomsori Kim for a chamber music performance at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco, in a varied program of music for violin and piano by Schumann, Sibelius, Szymanowski, Prokofiev and Waxman.

Mr. Pohjonen began his season with a brilliant performance of the Grieg concerto to open the Minnesota Orchestra’s season, stepping in for the legendary André Watts. The Twin Cities Pioneer Press wrote, “Pohjonen’s fiery first phrases were exhilarating, his accuracy admirable on this notoriously difficult work. But it was his first-movement cadenza that caused me to lean forward in astonishment. It was stark, subdued…aimed at the heart, wafting and haunting while nevertheless impressing with its deftly fingered flourishes.”

Juho Pohjonen Concerts, October – November 2019

Juho Pohjonen Recital, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
October 27, 2019, 3:00 PM
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine ArtsPhiladelphia PA

Rameau: Nouvelles Suites de pièces de clavecin
Scriabin: Sonata No. 6, Op. 62
Scriabin: Sonata No. 8, Op. 66
Scriabin: Sonata No. 10, Op. 70

Markus Stenz Conducts New Jersey Symphony
Juho Pohjonen, Piano
Rebel: “Chaos” from Les élémens (NJSO Premiere)
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Brahms: Symphony No. 2

October 31, 2019, 7:30 PM         Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood NJ
November 1, 2019, 8:00 PM       Richardson Auditorium, Princeton NJ
November 2, 2019, 8:00 PM       Count Basie Center for the Performing Arts, Red Bank NJ
November 3, 2019, 3:00 PM       New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark NJ

Bomsori Kim & Juho Pohjonen at San Francisco Performances
November 6, 2019, 7:30 PM
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco CA

Schumann: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A minor, Op.105
Sibelius: Selections from 6 Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 79

Szymanowski: Nocturne & Tarantella for Violin and Piano, Op. 28
Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94bis
Waxman: Carmen Fantasy

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