One of the brightest young instrumental artists 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 Messiaen, Pohjonen collaborates with the world’s foremost conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lionel Bringuier, Kirill Karabits, James MacMillan and Marek Janowski, to name a few. A favorite of Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Pohjonen enjoys a frequent and very successful collaboration, acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.
Past orchestral highlights include performances with the Los Angeles and Helsinki philharmonics, San Francisco and Lahti symphonies, KBS and Bournemouth symphony orchestras, Swedish and Finnish radio symphonies, Danish National Symphony and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In recital, he has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall and the Auditorium du Louvre. He has also appeared in number of renowned festivals including Lucerne Piano, Bergen, Grant Park, Aspen and Sibelius.
A committed chamber musician, Pohjonen frequently collaborates with musicians such as Karen Gomyo, Yura Lee, Christian Poltéra and Osmo Vänskä. After being selected as one of the musicians of the “CMS Two Residency Program for Outstanding Young Artists” from 2009-2012, he appears regularly with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where he returned in February.
Highlights of this season include debut performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Antalya State Symphony Orchestra. Chamber music highlights include concerts at the Library of Congress with Brett Dean, Wigmore Hall in London with Jakob Koranyi, Opera de Limoges with Nicolas Dautricourt and the Suvisoitto Festival with Osmo Vänskä and Erin Keefe.
Pohjonen released his debut CD under the Dacapo label in 2009 with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under Ed Spanjaard. His sensational opening recital at Music@Menlo’s 2010 Festival led to a recording of works by Mozart, Grieg, Handel and Brahms.
Pohjonen began piano studies in 1989 when he entered the Junior Academy of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, subsequently joining the Sibelius Academy where, in 2008, he completed his master's degree under Meri Louhos and Hui-Ying Liu. Winner of numerous Scandinavian piano competitions including First Prize at the 2004 Nordic Piano Competition in Nyborg, Denmark, he was selected by Sir András Schiff as winner of the Klavier Festival Ruhr Scholarship in 2009.
Juho Pohjonen is making his BSO debut.