Sami Junnonen – Flute

Tuesday 16 August 2016

SAMI JUNNONEN (b. 1977 in Tampere, Finland) enjoys a varied and successful career as an internationally acclaimed flute soloist. His virtuosity, musicality, and comfort within a wide and diverse repertoire has led him to collaborate with an impressive mix of celebrated artists, composers and ensembles.

His 2012 Debut Recital at the Helsinki Music Centre of Finland as well as his 2018 solo debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in Texas, U.S. received outstanding reviews. Junnonen officially represented Finland on its centenary of independence by touring in Russia in December 2017.

Junnonen releases music through Resonus Classics, Alba Records, and SibaRecords. He has recorded for the Finnish Broadcasting Company, Radio Television Hong Kong, and Radio New Zealand, as well as for the labels Sony BMG, Bayerische Rundfunk, Naxos, and Ondine. The Complete W.A. Mozart Flute Quartets recorded by Junnonen and Chamber Domaine, and released by Resonus Classics won the Audience Award in The Finnish Album of the Year 2018, promoted by the Finnish Radio Broadcasting Company. Junnonen is a multiple prize winner in international music competitions, and his artistic work has been sponsored by several cultural institutions.

Junnonen has worked as a principal flautist in various orchestras including The Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Royal Northern Sinfonia, UK. He has also worked as a performance teacher in flute and chamber music at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and conducted numerous masterclasses.

Junnonen has been academically trained at the Sibelius Academy, the Conservatoire national musique et danse de Lyon, the Royal Danish Academy of Music, and various masterclasses. He holds a Master of Music with Distinction from the Sibelius Academy, completed in 2008.

Junnonen performs on 24-carat and 14-carat gold flutes, handcrafted by his sponsor,  Muramatsu.