Johannes Pramsohler: Originally from the Tyrolean Alps but at home in the whole of Europe, this young, passionate and dedicated musician is climbing to the top of international period orchestras. Johannes is part of a new generation of violinists specialising in historical performance. His creative approach, his probing interpretations, his commitment to academic research and to finding neglected and unrecorded masterworks make him one of the most sought-after baroque violinists. Equally in demand as soloist, director, orchestra leader and chamber musician he has established himself firmly in the Early Music scene.
Born in culturally diverse South Tyrol, Johannes was influenced from the very beginning by both Italian and German cultures – as well as by the very traditional Tyrolean folk music. Having completed modern violin studies with Georg Egger in Bozen, Italy, he moved to London to study with Jack Glickman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After a life-changing meeting with Rachel Podger he started lessons on the Baroque violin. Several years of studies with Rachel followed, and their relationship continues today through his partnership with her chamber music group Brecon Baroque. An invaluable source of inspiration is his collaboration with Reinhard Goebel.
After two years of studies in Paris, where he still lives, Johannes has established himself as a successful soloist and chamber musician, performing throughout Europe, and playing with many of the most prestigious period instrument orchestras. During his studies he was regularly invited to play with Concerto Köln, Les Arts Florissants, the Academy of Ancient Music, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Master classes with almost every important baroque violinist have formed the basis of a thorough, broad and open-minded approach towards historical playing techniques and interpretation.
His debut CD for the label Raumklang featuring world premiere recordings of violin concertos from Dresden was released to great critical acclaim in 2012. In 2013 he will release his first solo CD as well as the first CD with the Ensemble Diderot.
Alongside his work as leader and artistic director of the International Baroque Players and his own chamber music group Ensemble Diderot, Johannes is enjoying an increasingly busy career as a recitalist and orchestra leader. He has given solo concerts at major festivals throughout Europe and regularly leads and directs Concerto Köln, Le Concert d’Astrée, The King’s Consort, Arte dei Suonatori and the European Union Baroque Orchestra. He also plays with Concerto Melante as a guest of the Berlin Philharmonic. International concert tours have taken him to all major European concert halls, North and South America, the Near East and Japan.
An engaging personality, Johannes is keen on bringing classical music to a diverse audience by playing in unusual venues as well as exploring different ways of widening access to classical music for the less-informed listener. He writes the notes for his CDs and programme notes for his concerts and, regularly writes on his blog about different topics related to his tours and his music. In addition, Johannes takes part in a number of other musical projects and collaborations including film, cross-over projects and appearances with pop musicians.
A sought-after coach for youth orchestras he has been invited to work with the French Youth Baroque Orchestra (OFJ), the European Union Baroque Orchestra, the Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra and Orchestre-Atelier Ostinato.
Johannes Pramsohler is a prize winner of the 6th International Telemann Competition in Magdeburg. He plays on a violin by Pietro Giacomo Rogeri (1713), previously owned by Reinhard Goebel, as well as a violin by Roger Hargrave (1992) and a viola by Tilman Muthesius (2010).
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