Joonas Pekonen, violin

Joonas Pekonen, violin

Photo Olivia Da Costa

Joonas Pekonen is a versatile young violinist from Finland. He attended the Sibelius Academy Junior Department and continued his degree studies with Merit Palas and Tero Latvala. 

After completing his bachelor’s degree he received scholarships to further his studies with Krysia Osostowicz at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He was selected to the prestigious LSO Scheme of 2021/22.

Being an avid chamber musician Joonas has appeared on numerous festivals both in Finland and abroad. These include IMS Prussia Cove ‘Open Chamber’ in the UK, Aurora Festival in Sweden and Sounds of Luosto Festival in Finland. He has had the privilege of collaborations with musicians such as Louise Hopkins, Marko Ylönen and Caroline Palmer among others. Joonas is the first violinist of the Picea Quartet, with whom he won the St James’ Chamber Prize of 2021.

Joonas took part in the Finnish National Opera and Ballet’s apprenticeship programme in 2020, and has worked professionally in several orchestras in Finland, in both leader and tutti positions. He has appeared as a soloist with Joensuu City Orchestra and Kuopio Symphony Orchestra. Joonas plays on an Anon. “Antonio Stradivari 1699”, generously loaned to him by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

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