Juho Pohjonen


Juho Pohjonen Photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Juho Pohjonen is one of today’s most exciting and vibrant instrumentalists. The Finnish pianist performs widely in Europe, Asia, and North America, collaborating with symphony orchestras and playing in recital and chamber settings. An ardent exponent of Scandinavian music, Pohjonen’s growing discography offers a showcase of compositions by such Finnish compatriots as Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kaija Saariaho. Pohjonen makes his Minnesota Orchestra debut, opening their 2019-20 season with performances of Grieg’s Piano Concerto conducted by Osmo Vänskä. He also debuts as soloist with the New Jersey Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. He makes recital debuts at Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Steinway Society of the Bay Area and returns to Howland Chamber Music Circle and Rockefeller University. Chamber music appearances include those at San Francisco Performances and Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach with violinist Bomsori Kim, Parlance Chamber Concerts with violinists Paul Huang and Danbi Um, and performances with the Sibelius Trio in Orange County and Santa Rosa, CA. He enjoys an ongoing association with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with concerts this season in New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Chicago’s Harris Theater. His most recent recording with cellist Inbal Segev features cello sonatas by Chopin and Grieg and Schumann’s Fantasiestücke. Plateaux, his debut recording on Dacapo Records, featured works by late Scandinavian composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, including the solo piano suite For Piano and piano concerto Plateaux pour Piano et Orchestre, with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Ed Spanjaard.