Junnonen keeps impressing his audience with his great talent, technically sovereign, and his intensity and longing for musical expression. He keeps exploring the repertoire and possibilities on the flute, and is showing a remarkable mastery of his instrument throughout the whole range of expression, dynamics, pitch, rhythms.
Soloist / EMI Warner Classical exclusive artist / Principal Flute, Berliner Philharmoniker
This flutist owns the best qualities: sound, musicality, technique, style for the whole repertoire including baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary music. He is an extraordinary interpreter.
Solo flutist, Les Arts Florissants /
Professor of transverse flute, Haute école de musique de Genève /
Lecturer in baroque music, The Juilliard School of Music and Drama (New York)
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 notable cultural institutions.
Junnonen has worked as a principal flutist in various orchestras, e.g. the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand, and the Royal Northern Sinfonia in UK. Currently, he holds the principal flute positions of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in Egypt, and the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra in Finland. He is also the founder and the artistic director of the Flute Academy Honkahovi in Mänttä-Vilppula of Finland. Junnonen has worked as a performance teacher in flute and chamber music at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, joined the juries of international music competitions, and conducted numerous masterclasses throughout the world.
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, the Muramatsu Flute MFG. Co., Ltd.