Mika Pohjola Mika Pohjola

Mika Pohjola is a Finnish-born jazz pianist and composer, who resides in New York City. He is one of the most prolific Scandinavian jazz musicians in his generation.

Childhood in Helsinki, Finland 1971-87

Mika Pohjola was born in Helsinki, Finland, and grew up in the neighboring city of Vantaa. He received his formal education in a Steiner school, where his first instrument was violin. He then studied drums, and in 1979 piano and basic music theory with his father, Heikki Pohjola, who is a notable Finnish jazz guitarist. In 1982, young Pohjola entered the Helsinki cathedral boy choir, Cantores Minores under the direction of Heinz Hofmann. At the age of ten, Pohjola had started studies in classical piano, music theory and counterpoint at the Vantaa Conservatory, while also starting to play jazz. His early classical influences were Claude Debussy, Edvard Grieg and Johann Sebastian Bach, and Finnish prominent composers, such as Selim Palmgren, Oskar Merikanto and Aarre Merikanto. Pohjola was introduced to the music of Art Tatum, Charlie Parker and Oscar Peterson by his father, who played his large record collection at home. Pohjola performed music by Mozart, Beethoven and Debussy at regional recitals and received a shared second prize in the classical piano competition of Vantaa in 1987, and represented his city and conservatory at the Ilmari Hannikainen Piano Competition.

Studies in Stockholm, Sweden 1987-92

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Mika Pohjola has been the recipient of some conspicuous attention these days. A stylist who possesses enormous chops, Pohjola delivers the goods in prominent fashion. Mika Pohjola is a young talent on an upward spiral. Sparked by a skilled rhythm section, the pianist pronounces a highly literate jazz vernacular yet counterbalances some of the austere implications with buoyant interplay and airy lyricism that provides an indelible stamp of authenticity. The Down Beat Magazine

Finnish pianist/composer Mika Pohjola is a superb technician who also possesses a crafty compositional pen. This 1998 effort represents a joyous event that supersedes a good portion of the nondescript, overly hyped, and rigorously marketed 1990s and 2000s brand of post-bop

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Stockholm

Willing to teach

Advanced only

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Album Chick Corea: Children's Songs by Mika Pohjola

Chick Corea:...

Blue Music Group
2014

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Album Trio Hour by Mika Pohjola

Trio Hour

Blue Music Group
2013

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Album Northern Sunrise by Mika Pohjola

Northern Sunrise

Blue Music Group
2009

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Album Leivonen Lumimyrskyssa - Celebrating The Music Of Toivo Karki by Mika Pohjola

Leivonen...

Change Records
2006

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Album Landmark by Mika Pohjola

Landmark

Abovoice
2002

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Children's Song No. 20

Children's Song No. 20

Mika Pohjola
Chick Corea: Children's Songs

Har du sett Herr Kantarell

Har du sett Herr Kantarell

Mika Pohjola
Nu ska vi sjunga (Now We Shall...

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