Biography of Pöyhönen Petri Mikael:
Born in Finland, Pöyhönen began his career as a boy soprano in the Cantores Minores Choir in Helsinki. He studied musicology and aesthetics at the University in Helsinki, singing at the conservatory with Lasse Riutamaa and Ritva Auvinen. In 2001 he won the first prize in a Lied competition in Joutseno. In 2002 he received his singing diploma with distinction and participated in master classes with Tom Krause (Savonlinna), François Le Roux (Tours), Neil Mackie (London), Alexander Rom and Per Kooy (Helsinki), and in Zurich with Hartmut Höll and Jill Feldmann. Since 2002 he has been studying at the Zurich Academy for Music and Theatre in the class of Christoph Prégardien. He has sung in numerous productions, among them Spiridione in Donizetti’s Il Campanello, Mozart’s Bastien, Spärlich in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Nicolai), as well as Grimoaldo in Rodelinda (Händel), and performed as a soloist at numerous international concert tours in Europe and the USA. Performances with various baroque orchestras, among others the Janakkala Baroque Festival, the Festival of Sacred Music in Espoo and at the Vantaa Baroque Festival.