After kicking off the summer with a “suave, technically impeccable account of Ravel's Piano Concerto” (Baltimore Sun) in his debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, pianist Juho Pohjonen wrapped up a whirlwind summer with his first ever appearance in front of the Cleveland Orchestra, under the baton of Fabien Gabel:
“Pohjonen's account of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 1 was positively electrifying, the ideal blend of poise and passion… The pianist brought virtuosity in spades.” –Plain Dealer
“Pohjonen played with brilliance and flair, without short-changing the insistent lyricism. His attacks had power, but each note was sculpted so that there was always plenty of air.” –Seen and Heard International
“Happily, Pohjonen kept the busy fingerwork lithe rather than labored – and note-perfect as well.” –Bachtrack
He returned this summer to Music@Menlo, Santa Fe and Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festivals, and collaborated with the Danish String Quartet at Ravinia and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Highlights of Mr. Pohjonen’s 2017-18 season include a tour of the United States and Asia with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and a recital tour with stops at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Frederic Chopin Society in the Twin Cities, Meany Center for the Performing Arts in Seattle, La Jolla Music Society, Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, Mobile Chamber Music Society, and Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concerts in Fresno. He opens the Greenwich Symphony’s season with a performance of Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 5.