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Photograph: Matthew Brookes
Johannes Pramsohler

Born in South Tyrol and now living in Paris, baroque violinist Johannes Pramsohler has in recent years become one of the most versatile representatives of his profession. As artistic director and first violin of the Ensemble Diderot, which he founded in 2008, he brings to life unknown repertoire with a keen sense for significant rarities. 

As concertmaster, Johannes has collaborated with The King’s Consort, Le Concert d’Astrée, Concerto Köln, the European Union Baroque Orchestra, the International Baroque Players, and as a guest of the Berlin Philharmonic with its early music ensemble Concerto Melante. As soloist and increasingly also as conductor, Johannes is regularly engaged by baroque orchestras and modern symphony orchestras.

A desire for artistic independence even in the recording studio led Johannes to found his own CD label in 2013. The catalog of Audax Records is largely made up of first recordings, many of which have been awarded prizes including the Diapason d’Or, the German Record Critics’ Award (Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik) and the International Classical Music Award.

As a sought-after pedagogue, Johannes has been responsible for the strings of the French Youth Baroque Orchestra, teaches at the Summer Academy of the Festival du Périgord Noir, and is regularly invited to give master classes at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei, the Shanghai Conservatory, the Norwegian Academy of Music, and the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.

Johannes studied violin at the Conservatory “C. Monteverdi” in Bozen, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and at the Paris Conservatoire CRR with teachers such as Georg Egger, Jack Glickman, and Rachel Podger. A postgraduate diploma in historically informed performance at the Mozarteum Salzburg and his collaboration with Reinhard Goebel are important sources of inspiration for his work. Johannes holds a PhD from the Royal Academy of Music in London. He was a prizewinner at the Magdeburg International Telemann Competition. Johannes plays on a violin made in 1713 by Pietro Giacomo Rogeri.

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