"Finnish pianist Jouni Somero is a pianistic powerhouse" MusicWeb International 2012
Pianotaiteilija Jouni Somero on yksi ahkerimmin esiintyviä suomalaisia muusikoita.Hän on soittanut uransa aikana yli 3300 konserttia eripuolilla maailmaa: Australia, Japani, Ukraina, Espanja,Ranska, Saksa, Unkari, Ruotsi, Tanska, Ranska, Espanja, Sveitsi,Viro, Kosovo, Venäjä, Brasilia ja Kanada ovat Suomen lisäksi olleet kiertuelistalla.
Jouni Somero (b. 1963) is one of the most active Finnish musicians on the scene today. So far he has given over 3,300 concerts all over the world, including Australia, Japan, Ukraine, France, Spain, Suisse, Germany, Sweden, Estonia, Kosovo, Spain, France, Russia, Brazil, Canada and Finland. He began studying the organ when he was eight years old but switched to the piano at the age of 12, studying the latter in Switzerland and at the Music Academy in Cologne under Professor Herbert Drechsel. Under the legendary Hungarian pianist Georges Cziffra he gained a deeper insight into the music of Liszt. Michael Ponti, the American virtuoso, has also acted as Somero's musical advisor. From 1981 to 1989 Somero lived in Germany, working as an assistant at the Music Academy of Düsseldorf and in other capacities. Since 1990 he has pursued his career solely as a concert pianist. He was awarded a diploma at the International Music Competition in Rio de Janeiro.
Somero's wide repertoire includes almost all the solo piano works of Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Bortkiewicz as well as seldom heard music by such composers as Alkan, Godard, Arensky, Godowsky, Henselt, Thalberg, Glinka, Blumenfeld, Rebikov, Reinhold, Rubinstein and Gottschalk. He has also made many piano arrangements of orchestral, operatic and pop music.
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