Johannes Zahn is one of the most exiting and promising young conductors of his age. He recently captured the attention of the classical music world, winning the 2nd Prize of the Seventh International Jorma Panula Conducting Competition in 2018 (no 1st Prize was given) as well as winning the Aspen Conducting Prize the same year, which will see Johannes return to the Aspen Music Festival in 2019 as Assistant Conductor. In 2017 he finished his BA in Conducting at the Music University Hamburg (HfMT), studying with Prof. Ulrich Windfuhr and Prof. David de Villiers. He now continues his studies in Zurich in the class of Prof. Johannes Schlaefli. Some of the orchestras, Johannes has worked with are the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, the Chamber Orchestras of Lübeck, Mannheim and Stuttgart, Philharmonic Orchestra of Southwestphalia, Philharmonic Orchestra of Southwestern Germany, Janacek Philharmonia Ostrava, Hradec Philharmonic Orchestra, Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra, the St. Christofer Chamber Orchestra Vilnius and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. Johannes regularly works as the Assistant Conductor for the New Philharmonia Orchestra Munich, assisting Conductors like Ainars Rubikis and Yoel Gamzou.
From 2015 to 2017 Johannes has been the chief conductor of the Lüneburg University Orchestra. In 2014 he made his opera debut with Les Mamelles de Tiresias by Francis Poulenc together with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, followed by his debut at the Opera Bremen in 2017, where he conducted Verdi’s Rigoletto. In 2019, he will perform Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with the Hofkapelle Meiningen. In masterclasses, Johannes received valuable advice from Bernhard Haitink, Alan Gilbert, Stefan Asbury, Robert Spano and Prof. Nicolas Pasquet.