Accordionist, composer Johanna Juhola gets award at Finnish Ethnogala for transcending borders

The third annual Ethnogala, a Finnish awards ceremony for folk and world music, was held at the legendary Tavastia Club in Helsinki in January 2020. An array of performers played live at the event.

Music Finland awarded the Border Breaking Act of the Year prize; this time it went to accordionist and composer Johanna Juhola. It is one of eight highly coveted awards presented to leading figures in Finnish folk and world music and folk dance at Ethnogala.

The Border Breaking Act is awarded yearly to a performer who has generated interest from the international music industry and demonstrated export-readiness. With a recording career spanning 15 years, Juhola charms an ever-growing following in Europe and worldwide. She tours with various bands: Johanna Juhola Trio, the quartet Reaktori, a tango duo with Milla Viljamaa, and Juhola’s newest solo project, entitled Imaginary Friends.

The Ethnogala jury calls her music “adventurous, expressive, fairytale-like, yet smart, well-rooted and forward-thinking.”