Pianist

Joonas Ahonen

Bio

The Finnish pianist Joonas Ahonen has received critical acclaim both as a performer of Ligeti’s music and as a Beethoven interpreter on historical pianos. A student of Tuija Hakkila and Liisa Pohjola at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, he early on developed a strong interest in contemporary music, and is since 2011 a member of renowned Austrian soloist ensemble Klangforum Wien. A dedicated chamber musician, Ahonen has performed West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Davos Festival and Pekka Kuusisto’s Our Festival. As a soloist Ahonen has appeared with orchestras and ensembles such as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Avanti! and Ictus. Recent highlights include appearances at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and in the Elbphilharmonie concert series in Hamburg.

Albums featuring Ahonen have been published by Col Legno, Kairos, Neos and CD Accord labels. His 2015 Lutoslawski-A.Tchaikowsky recording ,,Dream Lake” with soprano Agata Zubel was nominated to the main Polish music awards Fryderyki. Ahonen’s first appearance on BIS Records, Ligeti Piano Concerto with BIT20 Ensemble conducted by Baldur Brönnimann, was released in December 2016.

  • “The second book of Ligeti etudes, a set of small but epically conceived virtuosic works was mind-blowing under Ahonen’s fingers.”

    Irish Examiner July 10th 2013
  • “Extraordinarily soft piano playing from the impressive Joonas Ahonen.”

    Bachtrack.com June 28th 2013
  • “His agility is amazing and his sound, the lightest and most precise that could be imagined.”

    Clarín December 1st 2012
  • “Joonas Ahonen played the whimsical Ligeti Piano Concerto as it was Mozart, perfectly relaxed and with an astonishing ease.”

    De Standaard May 18th 2009
  • “The concert of Joonas Ahonen was a reminder of the fact that one of pianist’s duties is to blot out the issue of a piano having hammers. One doesn’t need to pound to create a big sound. A true sensation was the performance of Concord Sonata by Charles Ives.”

    Helsingin Sanomat April 4th 2009
  • “Generationen von Pianisten haben Ludwig van Beethovens 33 Veränderungen über einen Walzer von Diabelli Angst und Schrecken eingeflößt. Und jetzt kam ein junger Pianist und spielte sie, als sei es das Natürlichste auf der Welt.”

    Der Standard April 28th 2014
  • “Ahonen’s playing never loses focus or composure, whether hurtling through torrents of notes in the outer movements of the Ligeti Piano Concerto or underpinning the melancholy introspection in its central ones with an unadorned single line.”

    The Guardian January 25th 2017
  • “Joonas Ahonen gör ett briljant framförande av György Ligetis svårspelade pianokonsert.”

    Opusmagasin March 10th 2017
  • “Joonas Ahosessa on persoonallisuutta, suurta taitoa ja rohkeaa näkemystä, jota kuuntelee korvat höröllään.”

    Helsingin Sanomat November 16th 2014
  • “Ahonen presenta eccezionale abilità e chiarezza dell’articolazione.”

    il Corriere Musicale February 23th 2017

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Ives Sonatas

Ives Sonatas

Ives Piano Sonata nr. 2, Violin Sonata nr. 4

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Ligeti Concertos

Ligeti Concertos

Ligeti Piano Concerto, Cello Concerto, Chamber Concerto, Melodien

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Poppe / Aperghis

Poppe / Aperghis

World Premiere performances of Enno Poppe Speicher and Georges Aperghis Situations at Donaueschinger Musiktage. Listen and purchase here

Dream Lake

Dream Lake

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Simone Movio portrait

Simone Movio portrait

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Eduard Demetz portrait

Eduard Demetz portrait

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Agata Zubel portrait

Agata Zubel portrait

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Kontinent Rihm

Kontinent Rihm

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