The Järna Trio is led by Juho Pohjonen, piano, who is making a welcome return to the Algarve having played for the Amigos de Musica twice before. Yuro Lee, violin, and Jakob Koranyi, cellist, are the other members of the trio.
To mark 250 years since Beethoven’s birth, the Järna Trio will play complete Beethoven programmes on Tuesday, February 18 and on Thursday, February 20 at Os Agostos country estate near Santa Bárbara de Nexe.
Juho Pohjonen is regarded as one of today’s most exciting instrumentalists. The Finnish pianist performs widely in Europe, Asia and North America, collaborating with symphony orchestras and playing in recital and chamber settings.
An ardent exponent of Scandinavian music, Pohjonen has a growing discography which offers a showcase of compositions by such compatriots as Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kaija Saariaho.
Pohjonen began his piano studies in 1989 at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and subsequently earned a master’s degree in 2008. He has participated in the master classes of Sir András Schiff, Leon Fleisher, Jacob Lateiner, and Barry Douglas.
Swedish cellist Jakob Koranyi established himself on the classical music scene as one of Europe’s most interesting young soloists. He has toured Europe extensively, performing in recital as well as a soloist in Vienna, Cologne, Hamburg, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Stockholm and Luxembourg.
Reviews: “Jakob Koranyi never exaggerates anything – my impression is that he opens himself up and becomes a link between the composer and the present. His feather-light touch bears an immense force. How can a simply natural flow encompass so many vital details?”
Yura Lee is an associate professor at USC Thornton School of Music and is one of the most versatile artists in the world. She is one of the few musicians with mastery of both violin and viola. She actively performs on both instruments equally, captivating audiences with music from baroque to modern.
Lee studied at the Juilliard School (New York City), New England Conservatory (Boston), Salzburg Mozarteum (Austria), and Kronberg Academy (Germany). At age 12, Lee became the youngest artist ever to receive the Debut Artist of the Year prize at the “Performance Today” awards. She has won many prizes for both the violin and the viola.
Lee plays a Giovanni Grancino violin loaned to her by generous sponsors. Lee lives in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California.
Amigos de Música concerts at Os Agostos begin at 7pm sharp. Doors open at 6pm and wine, fruit juices and canapés will be served. There will also be a short interval with refreshments served. Entry donation is €25 per person for guests and non-members.
The Amigos de Música is an international group of 90 members who stage musical activities by internationally renowned musicians and also sponsor young Portuguese musicians. It is a non-profit organisation and celebrated its 30th anniversary this year.