Press release; February concerts

FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION            FEBRUARY 2020 CONCERTS            17.01.2020

The Järna Trio is led by Juho Pohjonen, piano, who is making a welcome return to the Algarve having played for the Amigos de Musica twice before. Yuro Lee, violin and Jakob Koranyi, cellist are the other members of the trio

To mark 250 years since Beethoven’s birth the Järna Trio will play  on Tuesday 18th     

and on Thursday 20th  complete Beethoven programmes.

Juho Pohjonen is regarded as one of today’s most exciting instrumentalists. The Finnish pianist performs widely in Europe, Asia, and North America, collaborating with symphony orchestras and playing in recital and chamber settings.  An ardent exponent of Scandinavian music, Pohjonen has a growing discography which offers a showcase of compositions by such compatriots as Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kaija Saariaho.

Pohjonen has played at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and in San Francisco, La Jolla, Detroit, and Vancouver.  He made his London debut at Wigmore Hall, and has performed recitals throughout Europe.

 Pohjonen began his piano studies in 1989 at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and subsequently earned a Master’s Degree in 2008. Pohjonen has participated in the master classes of Sir András Schiff, Leon Fleisher, Jacob Lateiner, and Barry Douglas. Pohjonen was selected by Schiff as theof the 2009 Klavier Festival Ruhr Scholarship, and has won prizes at international and Finnish competitions.

Swedish cellist Jakob Koranyi established himself on the classical music scene as one of Europe’s most interesting young soloists. He has toured Europe extensively, performing in recital as well as a soloist in Vienna, Cologne, Hamburg, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Stockholm and Luxembourg.

Reviews:  “Jakob Koranyi never exaggerates anything –  my impression is that he opens himself up and becomes a link between the composer and the present. His feather-light touch bears an immense force. How can a simply natural flow encompass so many vital details?”

Violinist and violist Yura Lee is an associate professor at USC Thornton and is one of the most versatile and artists in the world. She is one of the few musicians with mastery of both violin and viola. She actively performs on both instruments equally, captivating audiences with music from baroque to modern.

Lee studied at the Juilliard School (New York City), New England Conservatory (Boston), Salzburg Mozarteum (Austria), and Kronberg Academy (Germany).At age 12, Lee became the youngest artist ever to receive the Debut Artist of the Year prize at the “Performance Today” awards. She has won many prizes  for both the violin and the viola including first prize across four categories at the 2013 ARD Competition in Germany.

She has given recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Wigmore Hall (London), Symphony Hall (Birmingham, UK), Musikverein (Vienna), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Stockholm Konserthus, Athens Concert Hall, and Cologne Philharmonie.

Lee plays a Giovanni Grancino violin loaned to her by generous sponsors. Lee lives in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California.

For concert bookings please send an e-mail to reservasconcertos@gmail.com

Amigos de Música concerts at Os Agostos begin at 7.00pm sharp.  Doors open at 6.00pm and wine, fruit juices and canapés will be served. There will also be a short interval with refreshments served. Entry donation is €25 per person for guests and non-members.

For more information about the AMIGOS DE MÚSICA and concert programmes please see: www.amigos-de-musica.org For Membership enquires please contact  helga.hampton@btinternet.com 

The AMIGOS DE MÚSICA is an international group of around 90 members who stage musical activities by internationally renowned musicians and also sponsor young Portuguese musicians. It is a non-profit organization and celebrated its thirtieth anniversary this year. 

Os Agostos is an impressive XVlll century country estate located above Santa Bárbara de Nexe and near Bordeira. For navigation instructions go to: http://www.osagostos.com and then to “HOW TO GET THERE”.