The Music Treasury for 21 July 2019 — Pianist Juho Pohjonen

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The Summer broadcast time of The Music Treasury in the Bay Area  on KZSU 90.1 FM remains Sunday, from 19:00 – 21:00 PDT.  You can also listen online at kzsulive.stanford.edu during the broadcast time.

Juho Pohjonen, pianist

Celebrated as one of Finland’s most outstanding pianists, Juho Pohjonen has received widespread acclaim for his musicianship and distinctive interpretations of a broad range of repertoire from Bach to Salonen. His interpretations are known for their intensity, thoughtfulness, and fearless musical conviction. Mr. Pohjonen will be with us in the KZSU studio for live discussion during the first hour of our broadcast. He is scheduled to perform at Music@Menlo the previous evening, Saturday, July 20th.

Highlights of Mr. Pohjonen’s 2017-18 season included a summer festival circuit, with performances at Music@Menlo, the Santa Fe Chamber Music and Ravinia Festivals, Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Festival, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival.

Recent highlights include his debuts with Vancouver, Baltimore, and Cleveland Symphonies, and chamber programs at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and the Library of Congress. Mr. Pohjonen received high praise for his interpretation of Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Buffalo Philharmonic and conductor JoAnn Falletta, which he also performed across England with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits. In 2015, Mr. Pohjonen opened the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s season in performances of the Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with Jeffrey Kahane, and made his debut with Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich performing Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Piano Concerto with conductor Lionel Bringuier.  In 2016, he debuted at the Grant Park Music Festival performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, regarding which performance Chicago Tribune praised his “pearly tone, articulate touch and supple legato…His sensitivity in unfurling Chopin’s intimate musical grammar was always evident.” Additionally, he gave recital debuts at Beethoven-Haus in Bonn for their Klaviersommer Festival, at the Ravinia Festival, and performed Mozart with the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, and in Mexico’s Palacio De Bellas Artes with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional.

Mr. Pohjonen has given recitals in New York (Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center), Washington, D.C. (Kennedy Center), San Francisco, Vancouver, Detroit, La Jolla and in London (Wigmore Hall), Hamburg, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Warsaw, Hong Kong, Antwerp, and at the Lucerne Piano, Gilmore, Savonlinna, Bergen and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals. He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Danish National, Malmö, Finnish Radio Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber and Philharmonia Orchestras, Bournemouth Symphony, Zagrebacka Filharmonija, and the Lahti Symphony, with which he toured Japan.  Pohjonen performs with many of the world’s foremost conductors including Marin Alsop, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Pinchas Zukerman, Kirill Karabits, and Marek Janowski. A frequent guest of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Pohjonen enjoys frequent collaboration with its renowned Music Director, Robert Spano.

Mr. Pohjonen’s debut recording, Plateaux, on Dacapo Records, featured the works of Scandinavian composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, including the piano concerto titled Plateaux pour Piano et Orchestre, with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and solo piano suite For Piano. His opening recital at Music@Menlo’s 2010 Festival was recorded for the Music@Menlo Live 2010 series. The album, Maps and Legends, features Mozart’s Sonata in A Major, K.331, Grieg’s Ballade in the Form of Variations on a Norwegian Folk Song in G Minor, Op. 24, and Handel’s Suite in B-flat Major.  Recently, Pohjonen and his colleagues Petteri Iivonen and Samuli Peltonen, who together form the Sibelius Piano Trio, released a recording on Yarlung Records in honor of Finland’s centennial, described by Sterophile as “a gorgeous debut.”  A 2018 recording features the music of Chopin, Schumann, and Grieg with cellist Inbal Segev.

Mr. Pohjonen’s studies began in 1989 when he entered the Junior Academy of the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki. He studied with Meri Louhos and Hui-Ying Liu at the Sibelius Academy, where he completed his Master’s Degree in 2008. Mr. Pohjonen has also participated in master classes of world-class pianists such as Sir András Schiff, Leon Fleisher, Jacob Lateiner and Barry Douglas.

In 2009, Juho Pohjonen was selected by Sir András Schiff as winner of the Klavier Festival Ruhr Scholarship. In addition, he 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. [Adapted from the artist’s website: https://www.juhopohjonen.com]

Program List:
Couperin: L’exquise
Grieg: Ballade in G Minor, Op. 24
Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata (w/Neubauer)
Janacek: Concertino
Mozart: Piano Sonata in A Major, K. 331
Schubert: Wanderer Fantasie, D. 760

 




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