Pohjonen completed his Master of Music degree in the Performing Arts programme of the Sibelius Academy in 2000, where he studied piano under Meri Louhos and Erik T. Tawastsjerna. He has participated in the master classes of Eero Heinonen, Dmitri Baskirov, Lev Naumov, Murray Perahia and other distinguished teachers, and also studied composition under Eero Hämeenniemi and Paavo Heininen.

Joonas Pohjonen has performed as a soloist with several orchestras in Finland, including the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has also given recitals at notable venues abroad, including Stockholm, Paris and Zurich.

His chamber music performances have taken him to such distant locations as Korea and Japan.

Joonas Pohjonen has lectured in pianism and accompaniment at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki since 2001.

A Northern Dimension. Bright, profound and beautiful. Jaakko Kuusisto, who passed away in February 2022, was for many years a key force behind the Naantali Music Festival as a violinist, conductor and composer. The concert is a tribute to Jaakko and his magnificently diverse compositional work, which continues the tradition of the great Nordic composers and the northern dimension of music.

This will be the world premiere of Olli Kortekangas’ Partita Concertante, a work for cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, harp and percussion. The concert will also include Bach partitas and music by Schönberg. What a programme!

The popular outdoor concerts at Kultaranta will continue with a programme of music on the themes of nature and animals. Kultaranta will provide the setting for a Nature Trail from the a capella group Club For Five, and the much loved Saint-Saëns suite The Carnival of the Animals narrated by Seela Sella.

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