Joonas Pitkänen, Cello
Joonas Pitkänen started playing cello when he was 7 years old studying first in several music institutes in Finland. He graduated from class of Thomas Demenga in Music Academy Basel receiving a Soloist Diploma with distinction in 2013. Joonas has attended masterclasses with cellists as Miklos Perényi, Ralph Kirshbaum, Pieter Wispelwey, Arto Noras and Frans Helmerson. Joonas has a profound interest for chamber music. He has studied chamber music with e.g. Gerard Wyss, Susan Tomes and Ferenc Rados. 2009 to 2011 he was a member of Hirzen Pavillon Ensemble, a promotion program for young music talents in Switzerland, where he worked together with musicians like Maria Lindahl, Vincenzo Casale and Sergej Istomin. Joonas forms a duo called
“Duorama” with Pianist Fiore Favaro since 2011. They have gained success winning prizes from Swiss Chamber Music Competition, August Pickard Foundation Duo Competition and Basel Orchester Gesellschaft. In 2015 they will release their first record including all Beethoven Sonatas for Cello and Piano. Joonas also pursues a varied solo career. He has performed in Finland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Poland, won prizes like Finnish Culture Foundation recognition award, Swiss Musician Assosiation and Friedl Wald Foundation student prizes, played in Festivals like Ittinger Pfingstkonzerte, Viva Cello, Adelboden Musikfestival, International Mendelssohn Summer School Festival and Schlesswig-Holstein Musik Festival. In 2012 Hirzen Pavillon named him Artistic Director in concert series “Bühne Bäumlihof”. He has performed as soloist e.g. in Jiří Kyliáns ”One of a Kind” ballet production in Theater Basel/Nederlans Dans Theater and with orchestras as Basel Kammerorchester, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and Orchester der Hochschule für Musik Würzburg. He has worked together with artists like Helena Winkelman, Heinz Holliger,
Rainer Schmidt and Paul Meyer. Joonas plays Gaetano
Santaguiliana cello from the year 1803.