Joonas Pitkänen is one of the most versatile and interesting Finnish conductors
of his generation. He is based in Basel, Switzerland from where he pursues an intensive career which regularly leads him to all around Europe. In Basel he acts
as artistic director of Finnish concert series Feeling blue & white, which he
co-founded in 2014. Pitkänen was principal conductor of Monferrato Classic Orchestra in Italy during season 18/19 and is currently chief conductor of Akademisches Orchester Freiburg in Germany.
He graduated from University of Music Würzburg where he studied with
Ari Rasilainen. His conducting studies has brought him to work with orchestras
in Germany, Finland, Switzerland and Romania such as Hofer Symphoniker,
St. Michel Strings, Jyväskylä Sinfonia, Argovia Philharmonic and Sibiu State Philharmonic. He has attended masterclasses e.g. with Nicolás Pasquet, Mark Stringer and Ulrich Windfuhr. He has also worked as an assistant for Maestro Rasilainen e.g. with WDR Funkhausorchester and Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg.
In 2016 Pitkänen made his debut as opera conductor in production of Busonis ”Arlecchino” with Opera Studio Würzburg, conducted his Diploma Concert with Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in Ludwigshafen, made his debut in Switzerland with Symphony Orchestra Biel Solothurn – naturally with a program from Scandinavian composers like Grieg, Sibelius, Nielsen and Atterberg. He was also selected to Gstaad Conducting Academy where he studied with Neeme Järvi and Johannes Schlaefli, and performed concerts with Gstaad Festival Orchestra in Menuhin Festival.
He has also appeared as guest conductor e.g. with Slovak Chamber Orchestra, Basler Festival Orchestra and his future engagements include re-invitation to work with Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz and guest conducting Bern Conservatory Symphony Orchestra . Pitkänen was one of the 18 candidates accepted to 4th Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition held in Paris with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.