Johanna and Mikko are highly experienced and educated professionals from Helsinki, Finland and have worked in the music industry for more than 15 years.
For the past 7 years they have been based in Dubai performing as the Johanna Sandell Duo – a dynamic act that is both elegant and sophisticated as well as fresh and glamorous. During this time they have successfully performed at numerous high end events in the UAE and have also been busily booked as a residence act in different 5-star hotels.
Dubai-based popular duo
from Helsinki, Finland.
Available for events,
gala dinners, corporate parties, weddings, product launches, private functions & residencies.
Mikko is a multi-instrumentalist and a virtuoso on the piano on which he accompanies Johanna’s famously beautiful voice. They perform an extensive repertoire of well known songs – their expertise includes an eclectic mix of pop & jazz, stylish lounge and house, soulful easy listening and also current chart hits mixed with uptempo latin tunes for the more festive crowd. In other words – they cater to pretty much any kind of event!
Johanna Sandell Duo performs both with and without backing tracks (high quality tracks that they themselves produce in a studio). They speak fluent English, Swedish and Finnish and perform also in French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Johanna and Mikko are freelancers and are constantly looking for new inspiring projects. If required they can also perform as a trio, with a professional saxophonist.
residency at the 5-star Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, performing in The Rib Room
residency at the 5-star Sofitel Jumeirah Beach, perfroming in Rococo, A.O.C. French Brasserie & Plantation Bar
residency at the 5-star Bonnington Hotel, performing in Healey’s Bar
residency at the 5-star Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa performing in White Orchid Lounge on the luxurious Palm Tree Court side
residency at Jazz @ Pizza Express
residency at The Ivy, Emirates Towers
performances in various 5-star hotels and venues in the UAE including Emirates Golf Club, Waldorf Astoria, Music Hall, The Address Montgomerie, Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, One & Only, Sofitel The Palm, Polo & Equestrian Club, Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal, Rixos The Palm, Conrad Hotel, Rosewood Hotel Abu Dhabi, Ritz-Carlton, Novotel, Sofitel, Bonnington, Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, Dubai Aquarium in Dubai Mall, Level Shoe District in Dubai Mall,
private events such as singing for the Sheikh's daughter on her birthday and performing for the President of Kazakhstan in his private estate
performing in the neighbouring countries - Bahrain & Oman at the beautiful Shangri-La Al Husn
performing on various Scandinavian cruise ships
hundreds of corporate events: Nokia, Boucheron/Al Tayer Group, Finlandia Vodka, Wilhelmsen Ships Service, Canon, Freshfields, Emaar, Inside Out Magazine, Deloitte, IBM, Kone, Toyota, Rovio Mobile/Angry Birds, Sergio Rossi, Tapiola, Gigantti, DHL, Esquire/ITP Publishing etc.
gala dinners & award shows
weddings, birthdays and other celebrations
restaurants and terraces
clubs and arenas
the Eurovision Song Contest
numerous TV shows in Finland and MBC in Dubai
Johanna has been singing since she learned how to talk. Starting out when she was a kid in Finland singing in choir and taking piano lessons she then, as a teen in England started taking voice lessons and grew a passion for musical theatre. She starred in a couple plays before moving back to Finland.
In her late teens Johanna started studying at the Pop & Jazz Conservatory in Helsinki and performing with different bands. She landed herself a record deal with Universal Music, released a couple of singles and toured the country for a few years.
Mikko is a pianist and a multi-instrumentalist. In addition to playing piano he sings, plays the guitar, bass, drums, harmonica, accordion just to name a few.
Nowadays most of his time is spent in his studio working on various projects – songwriting, programming, producing and mixing music.
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Then she met Mikko, fell in love and together they formed the cover bands Living Cover and Higher Ground. After a magical vacation in Dubai the two of them decided to stay and have since been working as a duo in various 5-star hotels.
Johanna also works as a studio singer and has been featured on the albums of many famous Finnish artists.
Why settle for poor imitations of Europe’s finest dance music when you can have the real thing. Equipped with state of the art dance music technology, plus experience performing with Europe’s No.1 selling acts, Johanna and Mikko’s live act offers an authentic, realistic dance sound unrivalled in the local music scene.
Mikko and Johanna have toured, and written for, Europe’s biggest acts, including Darude, K-System and The Saturdays. As well as representing their native Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest, their talents have also been called on by Dubai’s Royal Family, commissioning them to write a track for a well-known international artist to perform in the UAE.
As well as adding cool house vibes to pop and soul classics, the duo can also add a fresh take on both current club hits and chilled out jazzy tunes. With Mikko’s live synth, on-stage remixing and Johanna’s exquisite vocals – this act offers a new take on live music performance. Their genuine dance industry pedigree ensures a performance and versatility unequalled by DJs or traditional bands.
Venues and events can also offer something truly unique by requesting their own exclusive remixes.
We also perform chilled out jazz, soul, pop etc. in a more acoustic setting - for more info, read on!