Johannes Weiss studied viola da gamba and harpsichord/organ before switching to singing. As an instrumentalist, he successfully took part in several chamber music competitions: Van Wassenaer Den Haag, Biago-Marini Neuburg/Donau, The Polytechnical Society Frankfurt am Main and Alte Musik Treff Berlin. After his instrumental studies with Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Jaap ter Linden and Glen Wilson, he studied classical singing with Hedwig Fassbender at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt. While there he attended master classes with Emma Kirkby, Christoph Prégardien, Ernst Haefliger, David Wilson Johnson, Guillemette Laurens and Thomas Heyer. During his time at the Conservatory in Frankfurt, he also won the scholarship of the Yehudi-Menuhin Foundation.
He was a member of the Freies Landestheater Bayern and performed in the world premiere of Lola Montez by Peter Kreuder, among other works. In 2006/2007 he was a member of Atelier Lyrique at the Opèra National de Paris, and he has been teaching historical performance practice at the Hochschule für Musik in Mannheim, the Akademie für Alte Musik Bremen and at the Summer School of Early Music in Valtice/CZ. As a soloist he performed at Oper Frankfurt, Opéra La Monnaie Bruxelles, Opéra National de Paris, Opéra Monte Carlo, National Theater Prague and Opera Gdansk.
In 2014 – together with his colleague Heidi Gröger – he founded the Musikfest Eichstätt, an early music festival in the baroque heart of Bavaria. Johannes loves to shape the musical landscape beyond the mere »music making«, driven by the desire to infect more people with the joy of music. On several research trips throughout Sicily, the Veneto and Southern Germany he explored more than two dozen historical organs from 1540 to 1780, an irreplaceable source of experience and pleasure.
Friday, 10.05.2019, 8 p.m., Notre Dame: Opening Concert