„... incredibly emotive sound intensity ..."
Having finished her Master’s degree with distinction and a DipRAM Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in London, Johanna Röhrig now got accepted into the soloist class at the HfMT Hamburg and is now completing her Artist Diploma with Prof. Tanja Becker- Bender, while already enjoying a busy schedule performing internationally as a recitalist and concerto soloist.
Alongside her debuts with the Kazan La Primavera Chamber Orchestra in Russia (March 2020, L’Arte del’Arco Festival) and the FIDELIO Orchestra in London (September 2020, A. Berg Violin Concerto), highlights of the current and the upcoming season include further solo engagements in Germany (Philhamonic Chamber Orchestra Wernigerode) and Oxford (Orchestra of St Johns Wood at the Ashmolean Museum), recitals in Hamburg as well as England (International Series of Brilliant Young Musicians Marlborough) and invitations to festivals such as the Santander Festival in Spain and the HÖRI Musiktage in Switzerland.
The young musician has been part of a CD recording by the international label SONY, where she appeared as a soloist with the NDR Orchestra Hanover and conductor Michael England, recorded as part of the New Sound of Classical series by SONY, available to purchase online and from all major streaming services.
In 2016, the German violinist won 2nd prize at the International Competition Cittá di Padova in Italy and got invited back to Italy for several recitals. She was awarded 1st Prize at the Internationale Frühlingsakademie Neustadt competition and 3rd Prize at the LIONS-Musikpreis competition in Germany. As a finalist of the Croydon Concerto Competition 2017 she got invited back for several performances with various English orchestras and conductor Darrel Davison.
Johanna played her debut at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg in November 2018 (Landesjugendorchester Hamburg) and already shows an impressive performance record: as a soloist she performed with orchestras including the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock (broadcasted on Deutschlandradio Kultur), the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto in Italy and various English orchestras (Croydon Symphony Orchestra, Epsom Symphony Orchestra, Sevenoaks Philharmonic Society), and as a chamber musician and recitalist she appeared in festivals including the 40. Petworth Festival (England), the Brahms-Festival (Germany) and the AURORA Chamber Music Festival (Sweden), performing in Europe and Asia. Her chamber music partners include Austrian Pianist Markus Schirmer and English violist Lawrence Power; further masterclasses provided her with the opportunity to perform with Benjamin Schmid, Xenia Jankovic and Peter Bruns.
Being a previous scholarship holder of the Feldmann-Kulturell-Foundation and the Hans-Kauffmann-Foundation in Hamburg, Johanna has led young orchestras such as the International Regions Orchestra Baden-Württemberg, the London Young Sinfonia and the Junge Norddeutsche Philharmonie, which played in the prestigious Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg just a while ago. Further projects featuring the NDR Hamburg and Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock provided her with the opportunity to play under the baton of conductors including Zubin Mehta and Thomas Hengelbrock.
Despite her young age, Johanna already looks back on several years of violin teaching experience, including masterclasses at the L’Arte del’Arco Festival in Russia, participation as an ambassador in the Benedetti Sessions by Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti as well as private tuition on all levels. Holding a BMus degree in Violin Education from the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Johanna will visit the Universidade ode Sao Paolo in Brasil as a guest professor for violin next year. Teaching has proved a huge passion of hers, whereby she places particular emphasis on the technical training of her students, affording a deep and thorough understanding of the instrument and its repertoire.
Born in 1993 in Hamburg, Germany, Johanna started learning the violin at age six. Being a prize winner of the Ethel Kennedy Jacobs Award she completed her Master of Music degree with Prof. Rodney Friend in London, receiving further support by the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation in Hamburg, the Talent Unlimited Charity in London and private sponsors. In addition to her regular coaching, she has taken part in masterclasses with Stephan Picard, Nicola Benedetti, Pavel Vernikov and Petru Munteanu and received further tuition from Erich Grünberg and Baiba Skride.
Johanna plays a Jacob Stainer violin from 1675 kindly loaned to her by a generous sponsor through the J&A Beare’s International Violin Society.