Johannes Zahn is a German Conductor who is quickly establishing himself as one of the most promising young talents of his age. He recently captured the attention of the classical music world winning the 2nd prize and the Audience prize at the 9th Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition in Frankfurt. In 2018, Johannes won the joined top prize at the 9th International Jorma Panula Conducting Competition as well as the Aspen Conducting Prize the same year, making him the Assistant Conductor for the 2019 Aspen Music Festival. In 2017 he finished his BA in Conducting at the Music University Hamburg, 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, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra, Festival Strings Lucerne, Janacek Philharmonia Ostrava and Hradec Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2014, Johannes 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 performed Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with the Hofkapelle Meiningen. Johannes has been a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival in 2017 and 2018, working with conductors like Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff, Marc Stringer and Hugh Wolff. In masterclasses, Johannes received valuable advice from Bernhard Haitink, Alan Gilbert and Stefan Asbury.