Joonas Pekonen currently studies with Krysia Osostowicz at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Sibelius Academy, where he studied in the studios of Tero Latvala and Merit Palas. Pekonen also attended the Junior Department of the Sibelius Academy. His other significant musical influences include Zoja Istomina, Paavo Pohjola and Marko Ylönen.
Pekonen has appeared at festivals such as Fiskars Summer Festival, Flow Festival, Vuohijärvi Soi!, and Heinävesi Music Festival. He has also had the opportunity to perform on international festivals, for example at the Aurora Music Festival, and the Allegro Vivo Festival.
In 2020 Pekonen was chosen for the Finnish National Opera’s apprenticeship programme. In addition, he was the concertmaster of Guildhall’s Autumn Opera, as well as Opera BOX’s production of Puccini’s Turandot. Joonas took part in the Lead! Foundation’s Academy, where he worked with the Finnish Chamber Orchestra and Lohja City Orchestra.
Pekonen has performed as a soloist with the Joensuu City Orchestra and the Kuopio Symphony Orchestra. His work has been kindly supported by the Wegelius Foundation, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Sibelius Academy, and Jenny & Antti Wihuri’s Foundation. He plays on a Pierre & Hippolyte Silvestre -violin, generously loaned to him by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.