Chamber Music Circle’s Piano Festival Begins With Pohjonen Jan. 20

Finnish pianist to play Mozart, Schumann, Grieg and Sibelius

The Howland Chamber Music Circle will again present its mid-winter Piano Festival, bringing four pianists from four different countries to Beacon. Three of them are new to the series: Juho Pohjonen from Finland, Jenny Lin from Taiwan and Kuok-Wai Lio from Macau will bring their talents to the Howland Center for the first time. Till Fellner, a favorite of HCMC’s audience, will round out the series in April.

Juho Pohjonen (photo by Marco Borggreve)

Juho Pohjonen (photo by Marco Borggreve)

Opening the Piano Festival will be Juho Pohjonen, who has performed with many major orchestras in the United States, Europe and Japan and has given acclaimed recitals in important musical venues in North America, Northern Europe, England, Hong Kong and Japan.

After one of these recitals the San Francisco Chronicle wrote: “Pohjonen boasts a dazzling keyboard technique and, even more impressively, a broad and varied textural palette that allows him to shade his performances with great subtlety.”

For the concert at the Howland Center, Pohjonen has chosen to play the Fantasie in C minor, K. 475 by Mozart, Schumann’s Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17, the Holberg Suite, Op. 40 by Grieg and Finlandia, Op. 26 by Sibelius.

The concert will take place on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 4 p.m., at the Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, and will be followed by a reception to meet the artist.

Tickets are available by subscription to three or four concerts at $80 and $105 respectively. Individual tickets are $30 and $10 for students. They may be reserved by calling 845-297-9243; reservations are highly recommended.

Information on this and other presentations by the Howland Chamber Music Circle can also be found on its website, For more information about Pohjonen, visit his website,, or click here to watch a video of him playing Scriabin.

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