Pianist

Joonas Ahonen

Bio

Pianist Joonas Ahonen has rapidly gained attention in his native Finland and beyond for brilliant performances of contemporary music. A member of renowned Austrian soloist ensemble Klangforum Wien, Ahonen is also a dedicated chamber musician who has performed West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Davos Festival and Pekka Kuusisto’s Our Festival in Tuusula. As a soloist Ahonen has appeared with orchestras and ensembles such as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Avanti! and Ictus.

Ahonen’s appearances on BIS Records, Ligeti Piano Concerto with BIT20 Ensemble and Ives Sonata nr. 2, “Concord”, got featured on several lists of the best recordings of 2017. The next season will see him performing selected Ligeti Studies in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker production “Achterland”, as a soloist of Klangforum Wien at the Wiener Konzerthaus and coming back to both the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Finnish RSO.

  • “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
  • “La vision que nous en donne le jeune pianiste finlandais Joonas Ahonen est, en tous points, exceptionnelle. Par sa virtuosité sans esbroufe tout d’abord, d’une parfaite maîtrise, puis son discours musical placé sous le signe d’une clarté de jeu exemplaire et son sens des respirations proposant un phrasé des plus subtils.”

    Opus Haute Définition November 2017
  • “Joonas Ahonen fick Charles Ives stundtals horribla texturer att framstå som förbluffande naturliga i den ikoniska Concordsonaten.”

    Hufvudstadsbladet February 5th 2018
  • “Der finnische Pianist Joonas Ahonen glänzte mit seiner Interpretation von Raphaël Cendos Corps.”

    Österreichische Musikzeitschrift 1/2018
  • “Ahonen presenta eccezionale abilità e chiarezza dell’articolazione.”

    il Corriere Musicale February 23th 2017

Upcoming Events

 

 

May 6th 2018 Ligeti Studies 1-8, Achterland in Saarbrücken A.T. De Keersmaeker / Rosas
May 8th 2018 Ligeti Studies 1-8, Achterland in Genk A.T. De Keersmaeker / Rosas
May 25th 2018 Kilpiö Piano Concerto “Shades of Light” BBC Symphony Orchestra
June 30th 2018 Respighi Piano Quintet with Taurus Quartet Festival Musiq’3
July 1st 2018 Sibelius, Lindberg, Ablinger, Nancarrow, Szymanowski Festival Musiq’3
July 22nd 2018 Ligeti Studies Book I Meidän Festivaali
July 23rd 2018 Saint-Saëns The Carnival of the Animals Meidän Festivaali
July 25th 2018 Beethoven and Lann with Pekka Kuusisto Meidän Festivaali
July 26th 2018 Feldman Triadic Memories Meidän Festivaali
August 26th 2018 Schönberg and Cerha with Klangforum Wien Akademiekonzert im Rathaus, Hamburg

 

News

Live excerpts

Press Photos

  • @ironsjon ...or the RadioKulturhaus?

    Joonas Ahonen about 2 days ago
  • After being numerous times to Brussels for rehearsing or performing other Belgian towns, these are my first concert… https://t.co/xENkjIp8hn

    Joonas Ahonen about 2 days ago
  • RT @m_rjukka: Kirjoitin Kamariorkesteri Avantin tilanteesta väärinkäsityksiä oikovan blogitekstin https://t.co/xUnTHNCc2S @AnuKomsi @oramsa

    Joonas Ahonen about 2 days ago

Albums

Beethoven Diabelli Variations

Beethoven Diabelli Variations

Beethoven Diabelli Variations on 1836 J.B.Streicher fortepiano

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Ives Sonatas

Ives Sonatas

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

Recording of the Year 2017, Guido Fischer / Rondomagazine
Helsingin Sanomat Best Recordings of 2017
MusicWeb International Recording of the Month
RTBF Recording of the Week
Nominated to Emma Awards and YLE Recording of the Year

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Ligeti Concertos

Ligeti Concertos

Ligeti Piano Concerto, Cello Concerto, Chamber Concerto, Melodien

Scotland Herald Top 20 Recordings of 2017
Helsingin Sanomat Best Recordings of 2017
AllMusic.com Favorite Classical Instrumental Albums of 2017
Presto Classical Top 100 Recordings of 2017
BBC Music Magazine Concerto Recording of the Month
Nominated to ICMA Awards

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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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