©2019 Pianist Joonatan Jürgenson

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BIOGRAPHY

In 2016 Joonatan Jürgenson graduated cum laude with a Master's degree in Piano from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, having studied with the acclaimed piano professor Ivari Ilja. In 2014 he was an exchange student at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he studied with professor Ronan O'Hora, the renowned concert pianist.

 

In February 2015 the Terre del Nord Festival in Turin featured Joonatan Jürgenson for the opening concert where he performed Nordic music by Edvard Grieg, Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnnson and Eduard Tubin. He was invited back in 2016 to perform Lars-Erik Larsson's Concertino for Piano and String Orchestra at the final concert of the festival. 

 

In 2013 he received the 2nd prize and a special prize for the best interpretation of a modern Basque composer’s piece in the International Piano Competition in San Sebastian, Spain.

 

Joonatan has collaborated with the Symphony Orchestra of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Heino Eller's Music School Orchestra, Pärnu City Orchestra, Terre del Nord Festival Orchestra and the Läänesaarte Chamber Orchestra with conductors Paul Mägi, Lilyan Kaiv, Toomas Vavilov and Edoardo Narbona. Joonatan Jürgenson has performed in UK, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, Portugal and Armenia. During the season 2019-2020 Joonatan will perform for the first time in the USA in New York.

 

In addition to solo performances Joonatan is also an active chamber musician, working with various singers and ensembles. In 2016 his trio with Mari-Liis Urb and Kristian Plink received the Grand Prix at the VIII International Music Festival in Gyumri, Armenia. They also performed in Warsaw during the Annual Meeting of the European Chamber Music Teachers' Association. The trio was invited to give three performances in Roma, L'Aquila and Nepi in Italy in December 2016. The trio gave 3 concerts in Harmos festival in Porto (Portugal) in 2018. During the season 2019-2020 the trio can be heard in 3 concerts in Estonia (Põlva, Tartu, Tallinn).

 

He has also collaborated with the Grammy award-winning composer Eric Whitacre in connection to the concert the composer gave in Estonia in 2013.

 

In 2010 he received Ago Russak's scholarship for outstanding musical achievements as a young music student while studying at Heino Eller's Music School in Tartu with Kadri Leivategija.

 

As a young pianist Joonatan often excelled in national and international piano competitions as well as international music festivals taking place in Estonia, such as “Klaver” (Piano) and “Tulevikumuusikud” (Musicians of the Future). 

 

He made his national debut in the Estonia concert hall in 2004 at the age of 12, performing Haydn with Pärnu City Orchestra under the baton of Toomas Vavilov after receiving the 1st prize as well as special prizes for eminent style and for the interpretation of Bach in the International Young Musician’s Competition in Tallinn, Estonia. 

 

Joonatan Jürgenson has participated in many masterclasses taught by Evgeni Mikhailov, Fali Pavri, Vanessa Latarche, Arbo Valdma, Aaron Shorr, Teppo Koivisto and others. Joonatan also gives masterclasses to young Estonian pianists.

 

Joonatan Jürgenson is a member of the Association of Estonian Professional Musicians as well as Estonian Piano Teachers' Society.