Juho Myllylä (*1996, Helsinki) is a recorder player, guitarist, singer and songwriter. He studied recorders at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Jorge Isaac, where he graduated with a master’s degree in 2020. Starting from the age of six, he studied at the West Helsinki Music Institute with Pekka Silén and Sunniva Fagerlund. In addition, he has participated in many international masterclasses and gained inspiration with Pierre Hamon, Pedro Memelsdorff, Kees Boeke, Walter van Hauwe, Antonio Politano, Erik Bosgraaf, Peter Holtslag and Corina Marti, among others.
Juho works as a freelancer with the world-renowned renaissance recorder ensemble The Royal Wind Music since 2016. Together with viola da gamba and vielle player Miron Andres he is founding member of Ugly Pug, an ensemble devoted to the performance of new music on period instruments as well as Contactus, a musical collective showcasing a devotion for earlier repertoire – medieval and early renaissance music. With the Finnish Ensemble Gamut! Juho is in constant search for new ways to perform early music through the fusion of medieval and renaissance music, folk music, improvisation and electronics. Juho has also performed solo at such venues as the prestigious Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
In August 2016 Juho won the Nordic and Baltic EAR-ly 2016 early music competition, which as a result brought along a series of invitations to give concerts in NORDEM’s member festivals with the ensemble Contactus. In August 2019 Contactus were one of the two winners of the International Van Wassenaer Competition, held at the Utrecht Early Music Festival, and were awarded the jury prize, a concert tour in the season of the Utrecht Early Music Festival and the AVROTROS radio prize.
Juho strives for open-minded musicianship across styles and versatility regardless of imposed genre classifications. He feels passionate about earlier repertoire – medieval and renaissance music, yet is especially interested in the recorders’ countless possibilities in contemporary and new music and working with composers, with a steadily growing number of new works written for and premiered by him. Jazz, fusion, rock, prog, experimental, electro-acoustic and live electronic music are an integral part of his musical landscape. During his studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory Juho minored in electric guitar, studying with Hans Kunneman, and besides recorder playing is active as a rock musician; he is the guitarist-singer-songwriter for the progressive alternative rock band Burntfield, founded in 2012. Their debut album Hereafter was released worldwide in May 2018 on Progressive Gears Records, and embraced with positive reviews by the press and the radio alike.