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Henley Festival
8-12thJuly 2020

Johanna Röhrig

Currently a masters student at the Royal Academy of Music in London Johanna enjoys a busy schedule performing as a recitalist and concerto soloist around Europe. Besides her debut at the Laeiszhalle (Hamburg, Germany) with the LJO Hamburg and Justus Tennie, highlights of the current and the upcoming season include further solo engagements in England (Sevenoaks Philharmonic Society, Croydon Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of St Johns (Ashmolean Proms), Germany (Mozart Chamber Orchestra a. o.), Spain and Brazil (USP-Filarmônica of the University of São Paulo), recitals in the established concert series Musik im Gosslerhaus and the ATRIUM (Hamburg), as well as invitations to international music festivals including the Petworth Festival in London.

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 (2014) and 3rd Prize at the LIONS-Musikpreis competition in Germany (2016).

The young violinist already shows an impressive performance record: as a soloist with orchestras including the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock (broadcasted on Deutschlandradio Kultur), the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, the Epsom Symphony Orchestra and the Croydon Symphony Orchestra (London), as a chamber musician on the Brahms-Festival in Germany and the AURORA chamber music festival in Sweden (2015) to name but a few, and in countless recitals in Germany, England, Austria and Italy. Her chamber music partners include Austrian Pianist Markus Schirmer; 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.

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 is currently studying for a Master of Music degree at the Royal Academy of Music, London, with Prof. Rodney Friend, receiving further support by the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation in Hamburg and private sponsors. In addition to her regular coaching, she has taken part in masterclasses with Stephan Picard, Tanja Becker-Bender, 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 Bears International Violin Society.