Johannes Pramsohler

performances of terrific flair and abandon.

BBC Music Magazine

bringing all manner of colours and shadings and delicious curves to the violin’s often highly virtuoso lines


Johannes Pramsohler conducts his Ensemble Diderot with a refinement worthy of the greatest

Le Figaro

Johannes Pramsohler

Violin / Director / Conductor

Johannes Pramsohler is widely acclaimed as one of the leading lights in the new generation of Early Music performers. A virtuoso soloist and conductor with an entrepreneurial mind, Johannes leads his own award-winning record label (Audax Records) and directs his own Ensemble Diderot which can be anything in size from a trio, to a chamber orchestra and chorus with soloists. He approaches programming and collaborations with the same inventive spirit bringing a joyful sense of adventure to his music-making. Johannes is also a sought-after educator holding a PhD in Historically Informed Performance from the Royal Academy of Music as well as speaking no less than five languages.

Johannes Pramsohler © Máximo Parpagnoli

As concertmaster, Johannes has collaborated with Concerto Melante (members and guests of the Berliner Philharmoniker on historical instruments), Le Concert d’Astrée, Concerto Köln, the European Union Baroque Orchestra, the International Baroque Players, The Kings Consort and The Niedersächsische Staatsorchester Hannover. As a soloist, Johannes has performed with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Ivan Fischer, the Taiwan Baroque Orchestra, Helsingin Barokkiorkesteri (Helsinki Baroque Orchestra), and Darmstädter Barocksolisten and as a conductor, Johannes directed more than thirty performances of Purcell: Dido and Aeneas throughout France and a critically acclaimed production of the opera Croesus by Reinhard Keiser at the Théâtre de l‘Athénée in Paris. His most recent conducting engagements took him to Buenos Aires for a staged production of Handel: Theodora at the Teatro Colón and to Innsbruck for Beethoven symphonies with the Tiroler Symphonieorchester (Tyrolean Symphony Orchestra). Upcoming conducting engagements include Barokkanerne in Oslo for Mozart symphonies and piano concertos, and other touring with his own Ensemble Diderot includes appearances at Aldeburgh Festival, Berliner Philharmonie, Opéra de Lille, The Hague, Opéra de Rouen, Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo: Largo Gustav Mahler, Kölner Philharmonie and tours through Austria, Germany, Italy and France.

Of Ensemble Diderot’s 2024 production of Purcell: Dido & Aeneas, conducted by Johannes, Forum Opera wrote ‘Johannes Pramsohler leads everyone with great precision’ and of the ensemble ‘We have admired the beautiful sounds of the strings of his ensemble’.

A desire for artistic independence even in the recording studio led Johannes to found his own record 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), Gramophone Editor’s Choice and BBC Music Magazine Chamber Choice. Johannes and Ensemble Diderot will collect an International Classical Music Award at a ceremony in Valencia on 12 April for winning Baroque album Sonate a quattro and new album Berlin Harpsichord Concertos will be released on Audax Records on 17 May.

Upcoming recordings and touring programmes for Ensemble Diderot include Arias for Bass by Handel, Vivaldi, Monteverdi with Nahuel Di Pierro (release date October 2024), Arias by Mozart and contemporaries with soprano Adriana González (recording May 2024 for release early 2025) and Telemann: Complete Quintets (recording winter 2024/2025 for release 2025).

As an in-demand pedagogue, please see full biography for details of Johannes’ teaching. His collaboration with Reinhard Goebel is an important source of inspiration for his work. Johannes plays on a violin made in 1713 by Pietro Giacomo Rogeri.

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