Pohjola has won several national and international competitions, including the 2019 Jeunesses International Music Competition Dinu Lipatti, the 2015 Kuopio Violin Competition, the 2009 Young Musician Competition in Estonia, and second place in the 2009 Junior Category and 2012 Senior Category of the Juhani Heinonen Violin Competition in Jyväskylä.

Pohjola has performed as a soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Hyvinkää Orchestra, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, the Pori Sinfonietta and the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra. She is also an active chamber musician, performing in the Borea String Quartet, which became quartet-in-residence of Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in 2017.

Pohjola began playing the violin at the age of three years, and studied under Grazyna Zeranska-Gebert at Espoo Music Institute and at the Sibelius Academy under Réka Szilvay. Since then Tami has studied at the Munich School of Music and Theatre with Mi-kyung Lee, and at the moment she studies in Sion, Switzerland, at the Haute École de Musique Valais, with Janine Jansen as her teacher.

Pohjola plays a 1754 Guadagnini violin on loan from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

The opening melodies of this concert will bring a feeling that summer has come! The opening Naantali Music Festival Opus 42 concert will express joy, lightness and masterly virtuosity. The special mood of Naantali is now here.

This evening will flow like a dance! Now we are moving from Bach’s graceful court dances through the fast turns of Poulenc, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Golijov and Shostakovich to the spicy tangos of Piazzolla. The stars will get the tunes flying.

A heart-rendingly beautiful concert experience in memory of Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki. We shall remember with gratitude this landmark composer and friend of Naantali Music Festival. His music will live on forever.

Summertime

14.6.

Now you can experience all the colours of the summer, from the tantalizingly cheerful Shaker Loops of John Adams to Gershwin’s famous Porgy and Bess.

The concert moves from light to shadows – it’s a combination of dark clouds as well as comforting pout clouds and sunshine. A specialty is Ralf Gothoni’s Life Views themed piano concerto for two pianists.

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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