Performance Thursday, November 3, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Juho Pohjonen

Zankel Hall
“If we needed proof that exciting new talent is in the pipeline, there was the marvelous American debut of Juho Pohjonen,” wrote The New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini. This is your chance to hear for yourself what makes Pohjonen so special, as he brings a program that showcases his luminous virtuosity and crystalline technique.


  • Juho Pohjonen, Piano


  • BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 15 in D Major, "Pastoral"
  • DEBUSSY Estampes
    ·· Pagodes
    ·· La soirée dans Grenade
    ·· Jardins sous la pluie
  • CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28

  • Encore:
  • RAVEL Prélude from Le Tombeau de Couperin


  • Juho Pohjonen

    One of the brightest young talents to emerge from Finland, Juho Pohjonen has attracted great attention as one of the most intriguing and talented pianists today. In 2009, Mr. Pohjonen was selected by 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, first prize at the 2000 International Young Artists Concerto Competition in Stockholm, the Prokofiev Prize at the 2003 Dublin International Piano Competition, and a prize at the 2002 Helsinki International Maj Lind Piano Competition.

    Mr. Pohjonen has given recitals at Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as well as performances in Dresden, Hamburg, Helsinki, San Francisco, Vancouver, Alicante, Warsaw, and Hong Kong. He has also given recitals at the Lucerne, Gilmore, Savonlinna, Bergen, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern festivals. Mr. Pohjonen has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symfoniorkester, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Scottish Chamber and Philharmonia orchestras, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Zagrebačke filharmonije, and Lahti Symphony Orchestra.

    Highlights of the 2011-2012 season include Mr. Pohjonen's debut at the Mostly Mozart Festival, where he performs a solo recital, as well as Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 with Jonathan Nott and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Mr. Pohjonen plays Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 with the National Arts Centre Orchestra led by Thomas Søndergård, and Schubert's "Trout" Quintet with the San Francisco Symphony. As part of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's CMS Two residency program, Mr. Pohjonen performs works by Debussy, Fauré, Schumann, and Saint-Säens on concerts in New York, Boston, and Chicago. This season's European engagements include his debut at the Louvre Museum in Paris with flutist Sooyun Kim, a recital at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, and concerts with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland.

    Mr. Pohjonen's debut recording Plateaux features two works by Scandinavian composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen: a piano concerto Plateaux pour piano et orchestre with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and a solo piano piece For Piano. His sensational opening recital at the 2010 Music@Menlo festival led to a recording for the Music@Menlo LIVE series entitled Maps and Legends: Disc 8.

    Mr. Pohjonen's began his music studies in 1989 at the Junior Academy of the Sibelius Academy in 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 several master classes with András Schiff, Leon Fleisher, Jacob Lateiner, and Barry Douglas.

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At a Glance

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28, “Pastoral”

Warmly lyrical and easy-going, the “Pastoral” Sonata retreats back to the traditional four-movement model of Beethoven’s earlier sonatas, but employs a more profound voice that is characteristic of the composer’s later years.


Debussy explores the piano’s textural possibilities in Estampes, a colorful masterpiece that takes the listener from Asia to Spain and France by evoking the Javanese gamelan, Habanera dance forms, and French children’s songs.

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN  Twenty-Four Preludes, Op. 28

Referred to by Schumann as “individual eagle wings of all disorder and wild confusions,” Chopin’s Twenty-Four Preludes are set in a whirlwind of styles and explore a strikingly wide range of emotions.

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