Artists biographies
Johannes Pell

The young Austrian conductor Johannes Pell was born in Linz in 1982. After being a member of the St. Florianer Sängerknaben (boys’ choir), he studied piano under Horst Matthaeus at the Bruckner-Konservatorium Linz and under Stefan Vladar at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Between 2003 and 2005 he at the same time studied to become a choirmaster at the Mozarteum in Salzburg under Karl Kamper.

In 2005 he started studying conducting at the Vienna Konservatorium under Georg Mark. During his studies he was also a répétiteur and assistant at the Theater an der Wien, the Opernfestival Jennersdorf, the Wiener Singakademie, the Salzburger Bachchor and the Wiener Jeunesse Orchester to name but a few. It was in these roles that he worked with conductors such as Bertrand de Billy, Marc Minkowski, Ivor Bolton, Adam Fischer, Philippe Jordan and Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

After obtaining his diploma in conducting in 2009 he was hired by the Theater Erfurt as répétiteur with conducting commitment, which allowed him to conduct several operettas and musicals in his first year. Johannes Pell has been a regular guest conductor at the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 he was nominated in the category ‘newcomer of the year’ by the publication ‘Opernwelt’, while Deutschlandradio Berlin designated him best new conductor of the year 2011.

Between 2011 and 2013 Johannes Pell worked as the second conductor in Erfurt, before becoming the principal conductor at the Bonn Opera. In that role he conducted the premieres of the successful opera ‘Pinocchio’ by Jonathan Dove, as well as Aida, The Magic Flute, Tosca and Hansel and Gretel. In March 2014 he made his debut at the Volksoper Wien and in the 2014/15 season at the Leipzig Opera, where he conducted the legendary Gewandhausorchester. In March 2015 he gave his debut to the Bruchnerorchester in Linz, at the Graz Opera and at the Wuppertal Opera House. During the 2015/16 season Johannes Pell conducted The Merry Widow and Die Fledermaus at the Wiener Volksoper and Madame Pompadour in Bremerhaven, as well as Tosca in St. Gallen; he also conducted symphony concerts in Erfurt, Leipzig and Bonn.

Since the 2016/17 season Johannes Pell has been the principal conductor at the Wuppertaler Bühnen.

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Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017