Pianist

Joonas Ahonen

Bio

Pianist Joonas Ahonen has rapidly gained attention for brilliant performances of contemporary music as well as for his Beethoven interpretations on historical pianos. 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, Musiq’3 Festival in Brussels 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

 

 

August 26th 2018 Schönberg and Cerha with Klangforum Wien Akademiekonzert im Rathaus, Hamburg
September 6th 2018 Klangforum Wien, Zubel: “Bildbeschreibung” Transart
September 22nd 2018 Klangforum Wien, Symposion in Brussels Bozar
September 27th 2018 Klangforum Wien, Zubel: “Bildbeschreibung” Warsaw Autumn
September 29th 2018 Klangforum Wien, Zubel: “Bildbeschreibung” Wiener Konzerthaus
October 21st 2018 Klangforum Wien, Ivicevic-Moguillansky-Nikoladze-Filidei Donaueschinger Musiktage
October 25th 2018 Furrer Piano Concerto with Klangforum Wien Wiener Konzerthaus
October 31st 2018 Ligeti Studies 1-8, Achterland in Reggio Emilia A.T. De Keersmaeker / Rosas
November 2nd 2018 Ligeti Studies 1-8, Achterland in Rotterdam A.T. De Keersmaeker / Rosas
November 8th 2018 Klangforum Wien, Furrer-van de Putte-Saunders Muziekgebouw Amsterdam
November 9th 2018 Klangforum Wien, van de Putte-Saunders Verkadefabriek ‘s-Hertogenbosch
November 9th 2018 Klangforum Wien, Furrer-van de Putte Verkadefabriek ‘s-Hertogenbosch

 

News

Media

Press Photos

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    Joonas Ahonen about 2 hours ago
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    Joonas Ahonen about 1 days ago
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    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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