Despite her young age, violinist Tami Pohjola has already won both international and national competitions and performed around Europe. Her humble attitude to music has been praised by the classical music audiences. She won first prize in the International Dinu Lipatti Violin Competition in 2019 and in the Kuopio Violin Competition in 2015. She also won the International Young Musician Competition in Estonia in 2009 and was second in the Juhani Heinonen Violin Competition in Jyväskylä, in the Junior Category in 2009 and as a Senior in 2012.
Pohjola has performed as a soloist with among others the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Lohja City Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Hyvinkää City Orchestra, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Pori Sinfonietta and Kuopio Symphony Orchestra. Year 2021 will begin with Joensuu City Orchestra at Joensuu Music Winter festival in February. She is also an active chamber musician and plays in the Borea string quartet, appointed residence quartet at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in 2017.
Tami Pohjola started playing the violin when she was three years old and she studied with Grazyna Zeranska-Gebert in the Espoo Music Institute and then with Réka Szilvay at the Sibelius Academy. Since then, Tami has studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich with Mi-kyung Lee and currently she studies in Zion at Haute École de Musique Valais with Janine Jansen. Pohjola plays a Guadagnini violin (1754) owned by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
In October 2022 Tami had her debut in the UK with The Hallé orchestra in Manchester playing Sibelius' Violin Concerto.
"She had a rich, individual voice which led us through all the concerto's varied moods. There was a remarkable confidence and independence in her playing which drew us into this special world. Her virtuosity was always at the service of the music and her rapport with the conductor and orchestra was palpable."
Peter Connors, Bachtrack 14.10.2022
"Violinisten Tami Pohjola var trygg och kunnig i sin ytterst krävande solistroll... Pohjola hittade satsernas olika karaktärer när hon mjukt och varsamt närmade sig den andra satsens lyriska stämning i fin balans med det diskreta men omsorgsfulla ackompanjemanget."
Rolf Nordman, Vasabladet 19.3.2021
”Tami Pohjola is probably our next violin talent in line after Pekka Kuusisto and she played the well integrated solo part with all possible elegance of sound and sensibility of expression.”
Mats Liljeroos, Hufvudstadsbladet 11.3.2018
”With her secure technique Pohjola got her violin to sing in a pure and fresh way.”
Jukka Isopuro, Helsingin Sanomat 13.6.2016