Joona Toivanen (born 1981) is a Finnish jazz pianist, currently resided in Gothenburg, Sweden.
He has become one of the most talented jazz pianists in Finland. Toivanen’s own trio has toured frequently in Finland and abroad, for example in Europe, Asia and Australia, and besides his trio, Toivanen has worked with many top jazz musicians in Europe. Toivanen’s pianism is lyric and delicate and his technique serves the story in the music all the time. Musically he moves in the boundaries between tradition and avant-garde.
His current musical projects as a bandleader/co bandleader include the Blue Note and Cam Jazz recording Joona Toivanen Trio and the Nordic quartet Jazz & Fly Fishing. Joona is also a member of the highly acclaimed Anders Hagberg Quartet from Sweden as well as the Nordic project Joakim Berghäll Nordic Dialogues, including in total three pianists and a saxophone.
Joona has been active as a solo performer since his acclaimed solo piano debut Polarities (2013).
The solo piano album Lone Room (2016), as well as Joona Toivanen Trio’s album November (2014) have been nominated for the Finnish Emma Prize in the “Best Jazz Album” category. Joona Toivanen Trio: XX (2017) is nominated for one of the biggest music prizes in the Nordic countries, the Teosto Prize.
Discography as a band leader, pianist and composer:
2017 Joona Toivanen trio: XX (CAM Jazz)
2016 Joona Toivanen: Lone Room (CAM Jazz)
2014 Joona Toivanen trio: November (CAM Jazz)
2013 Joona Toivanen: Polarities (Footprint Records) (solo piano)
2012 Jazz & Fly Fishing: One Second Of Magic (double-DVD)
2011 Jazz & Fly Fishing: Slow Walking Water (Bolage)
2010 Joona Toivanen trio: At My Side (CAM Jazz)
2006 Joona Toivanen Trio: Frost (EMI Blue Note)
2002 Joona Toivanen Trio: Lumous (Independent)
2000 Joona Toivanen Trio: Numurkah (Independent, released i Japan 2002 by Sawano Shokai and in Korea 2006 by Sail Music)
Selected discography as a pianist:
2013 Joakim Berghäll: Dialogues I (Boulder Music)
2011 Anders Hagberg Quartet: Stories of Now (Footprint Records)
2005 My Engström-Renman: Abdominous (Footprint Records)