Piano Virtuosos

Be enthralled by the dazzling virtuosity of Juho Pohjonen and Wu Qian sharing one piano.

Featured Artists

Juho Pohjonen, piano

Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen performs widely in Europe, Asia, and North America, collaborating with symphony orchestras and playing in recital and chamber settings. In 2023 Pohjonen appears at a number of summer festivals including Music@Menlo, Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's "Summer Evenings" series and the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival. Recent concerto appearances were with the German Radio Philharmonic, Lahti Symphony and Taiwan Philharmonic. Recital engagements included the Steinway Society, Society of the Four Arts, Weis Center, and a duo concert with Inbal Segev at Howland Chamber Music Circle. In the 2023-2024 season, he will return to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for their “Landmark Trios” series.

The pianist has previously appeared in recital at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and in San Francisco, La Jolla, Detroit, Savannah, and Vancouver. He made his London debut at Wigmore Hall, and has performed recitals in Antwerp, Hamburg, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, and Warsaw. His most recent recording with cellist Inbal Segev features cello sonatas by Chopin and Grieg, and Schumann’s Fantasiestücke. His previous recordings include Plateaux on Dacapo Records and Maps and Legends on the Music@Menlo Live series. He is a member of the Sibelius Trio, which released a recording on Yarlung Records in honor of Finland’s 1917 centennial of independence. He launched MyPianist in 2019, an AI-based iOS app that provides interactive piano accompaniment to musicians everywhere. Pohjonen earned a master’s degree from Meri Louhos and Hui-Ying Liu-Tawaststjerna at the Sibelius Academy in 2008. An alum of The Bowers Program, he enjoys an ongoing association with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Wu Qian, piano

Selected as the classical music bright young star for 2007 by the Independent Newspaper, Wu Qian was born in Shanghai, where she received her early training before being invited to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School. At fifteen she performed Mozart’s E flat Major concerto (K449) in the Queen Elizabeth Hall and again at the Menuhin Festival in Switzerland. She also played the Saint-Saens Concerto No.2 with the Philharmonia Orchestra in St. John’s Smith Square. She made her debut recital at the South Bank Purcell Room in 2000 and has since played there again on several occasions, including a recital broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

Quian has given recitals throughout North America and Europe including the Steinway Halls of Hamburg where her performance was broadcast throughout Asia. Qian is also a founding member of the Sitkovetsky Trio, with which she has performed all over the UK and Europe, including the Beethoven Triple with the Munich Symphoniker and the Orchestra of the Swan. The trio was awarded the prestigious 2009 NORDMETALL-ensemble Prize at the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival and the 1st prize at the Kommerzbank Trio competition in Frankfurt. It has performed in numerous concert halls and Festivals in the UK and abroad including the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Chamber Hall of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw as well as the Wigmore Hall in London.

About The Music

DVOŘÁK: Slavonic Dances, OP. 46/1 IN C MAJOR, OP. 46/2 IN E MINOR, AND OP. 72/1 IN B MAJOR

Thursday, February 22, 2024


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