Nicolas Dautricourt & Juho Pohjonen

Biographie Nicolas Dautricourt & Juho Pohjonen

Nicolas Dautricourt
Voted ADAMI Classical Discovery of the Year at Midem in Cannes and awarded the Sacem Georges Enesco Prize, Nicolas Dautricourt is one of the most brilliant and engaging French violinists of his generation. In the 2017-18 season he returns to the Capitole de Toulouse Orchestra; makes his performance debuts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Liège Philharmonic, and Helsingborg Symphony; and starts the second part of his solo violin project, Bach & Beyond, at the National Recital Hall in Taipei, Taiwan. He appears at major international venues, including the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall, Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan, Salle Pleyel in Paris, and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and appears at many festivals such as Lockenhaus, Music@Menlo, Pärnu, Ravinia, Sintra, and Davos. He also has performed with the Detroit Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Toulouse, Quebec Symphony, Sinfonia Varsovia, Mexico Philharmonic, NHK Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, and the Kanazawa Orchestral Ensemble, under conductors Leonard Slatkin, Paavo Järvi, Tugan Sokhiev, Dennis Russell Davies, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Yuri Bashmet, Michael Francis, François-Xavier Roth, Fabien Gabel, and Kazuki Yamada. He appears in such jazz festivals as Jazz à Vienne, Jazz in Marciac, Sud-Tyroler Jazz Festival, Jazz San Javier, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, and the European Jazz Festival in Athens. Award winner in numerous international violin contests, such as Wieniawski, Lipizer, and Belgrade, he has studied with Philip Hirschhorn, Miriam Fried, and Jean-Jacques Kantorow. A former member of CMS Two, he plays a magnificent instrument by Antonio Stradivari, the "Château Fombrauge" (Cremona 1713), on loan from Bernard Magrez.

Juho Pohjonen
One of the brightest young instrumental artists to emerge from Finland, Juho Pohjonen has attracted great attention as one of the Nordic country's most intriguing and talented pianists. Widely praised for his broad range of repertoire from Bach to Salonen, his interpretations are known for their intensity, thoughtfulness and fearless musical conviction.

Juho Pohjonen opened the 2015-2016 season with the Buffalo Philharmonic, performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto with conductor JoAnn Falletta. He performs the work again across England in concerts with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits. In New York, Mr. Pohjonen continues his close association with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performing a four-hand program of Bartók and Lutosławski as well as a chamber music program with internationally renowned horn virtuoso Radovan Vlatković in Alice Tully Hall. In spring 2016, Mr. Pohjonen embarks on a chamber music tour with violinist Karen Gomyo and cellist Christian Poltéra. Summer festival appearances include a return visit to Music@Menlo, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and performances with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in Saratoga Springs as well as in Alice Tully Hall for their inaugural “Summer Evenings” series in New York City.

Mr. Pohjonen has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco, Atlanta, Danish National, Malmö and Finnish Radio Swedish Radio symphonies, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, and Lahti Symphony, with which he toured Japan. Mr. Pohjonen has studied with Meri Louhos and Hui-Ying Liu at the Sibelius Academy, where he completed his master’s degree in 2008.

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