Juho Pohjonen to Perform at LaSells Stewart Center Sunday
Corvallis-OSU Piano International Presents the Steinway Piano Series
LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. The Steinway Piano Series showcases some of the world’s most exciting pianists on three memorable Sunday afternoons. Corvallis-OSU Piano International invites you to share in a passion for the piano and its life-affirming repertoire as presented by these great artists. Concerts take place in the LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus. Tickets are $28 in advance and $30 at the door. Buy tickets. Visit https://corvallispiano.org for more info.
Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen has established a global presence with performances across Europe, Asia, and North America. With a profound dedication to Scandinavian music, Pohjonen’s expanding repertoire showcases compositions by esteemed Finnish composers like Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kaija Saariaho, and Jean Sibelius.
Last season, Pohjonen performed Daniel Bjarnason’s Concerto for Piano Processions with the Helsinki Philharmonic, conducted by the composer himself. Other orchestral highlights featured performances of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Rune Bergmann and the Colorado Symphony, as well as Mendelssohn’s concerto for violin, piano, and strings alongside Erin Keefe, conductor Maestro Osmo Vänskä, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Pohjonen also showcased his talent in Chopin’s second Piano Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic. His ongoing collaboration with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) included performances at Alice Tully Hall, featuring works by Stravinsky, Debussy, Shostakovich, and Mendelssohn. Further chamber projects included performances at Parlance Chamber Concerts with Danbi Um and Paul Huang, and Cliburn Concerts with Danbi and Karim Sulayman.
This season, Pohjonen makes his debut in Taiwan with the National Symphony Orchestra, where he will also collaborate with orchestra members for chamber music performances. Highlights include his rendition of Finnish composer Sauli Zinovjev’s latest piano concerto with the Lahti Sinfonia and his participation with the German Radio Philharmonic and conductor Pietari Inkinen for Bartok’s inaugural Piano Concerto. Noteworthy chamber engagements include a performance at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, New York’s Chamber Music Society, and recitals in Helsinki, among others.