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.