Johannes Fischer, Percussion


In 2007, Johannes Fischer was the winner of the 56th International ARD Music Competition in Munich receiving a first prize, the audience prize and three additional special prizes. Since then he is having a busy concert schedule as soloist with orchestras and chamber musician in venues like the Musikverein in Vienna, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Smetana Hall in Prague or Carnegie's Zankel Hall in New York. He is a regular guest at numerous music festivals throughout Europe, Asia and North America and works with conductors and composers such as Heinz Holliger, Peter Eötvös, Kirill Petrenko, Klaus Huber, Harrison Birtwhistle, Vinko Globokar or Pierre Boulez.

Born in Leonberg, Germany, in 1981 he had his first piano and percussion lessons at the age of 9. From 2000 until 2008 he studied with Bernhard Wulff, Taijiro Miyazaki and Pascal Pons at the University of Music in Freiburg, and in 2007 with Steven Schick at the University of California San Diego (with the Gerd Bucerius Scholarship of the "Zeit" Foundation). In addition to his percussion education, he pursued extensive studies in conducting (with Francs Travis) and composition (with Dieter Mack).

From early on in his career, Johannes Fischer received numerous prizes and scholarships as percussionist and composer, e.g. from the Jürgen-Ponto Foundation, the German Music Foundation, the Märkische Kulturkonferenz, the Musical Olympus Foundation, the German National Music Competition, the Günter Bialas International Competition for Composers, the German National Music Universities Competition, etc.
Currently he was appointed member of the Hamburg Academy for the Fine Arts.

His repertoire ranges from transcribed renaissance music by composers such as Dowland or Gesualdo to the young generation of contemporary composers. A strong focus lies on the important percussion pieces of the 20th and 21st century by Globokar, Stockhausen, Xenakis, Lachenmann, N.A. Huber, Reich, Pintscher, Aperghis, Cage, Feldman, Takemitsu and many more. In addition, Johannes Fischer is intensively exploring and collecting new sound sources and tries to integrate other media like electronic sound, videos or sounding objects into his performances. He tremendously enjoys improvising together with his colleagues and musician friends.

At the moment he is working on several unique evening long solo shows (seasons: we never cross the same river, one drum only, urban chronicles) for percussion featuring many diverse and colourful instruments as well as integrated media such as electronic sounds and video projection. 

As a composer, most of his works are written for mixed chamber music instrumentation, either with or without electronics. He has received commissions from the Crested Butte Music Festival, Colorado, the Lucerne Festival, the Louvre in Paris, the Bavarian Radio and from several chamber music ensembles. His compositions have been performed on festivals in Europe, the US and Korea.

Since 2006 Johannes Fischer has been a lecturer at the Conservatory of Music in Lugano, Switzerland. In 2009 he was appointed professor and head of the percussion department at the Lübeck University of Music in Germany.

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"So hat man Schlagzeug noch nie gehört"
2014-04-06 Schwäbische Zeitung, Ravensburg
"So hat man Schlagzeug noch nie gehört Johannes Fischer war beim Ars-nova-Konzert in der Ravensburger Spohn-Halle überragend

Über den Schlagzeuger Johannes Fischer zu schreiben, fällt schwer, weil einem nur Superlative einfallen, die dann wie überzogene Euphorie klingen könnten. 

Nicht nur, wie er in der für Neue Musik selten gut gefüllten Spohn-Halle demonstrierte, ein brillanter Techniker, sondern auch ein intellektueller Musiker. Im einem sympathisch transparenten Gespräch zu Beginn, mit Bernd Künzig, dem Redakteur der SWR, der den Abend aufzeichnete, vermittelte Johannes Fischer, wie er jede Komposition in musik-philosophischem Kontext hört, wie er das Neue abtastet, die Bezüge der Musik zum jeweiligen gesellschaftlichen Umfeld.

Klangfärbungen und Rhythmen, Klangkörper und Linien, als Macht, als Ideologie, als radikale Detonationen von Altem und Aufbrüche in Neues. Schlagzeug wäre ein zu enger Begriff. Was Fischer schafft, sind Schlagwelten, Schlagwerke.
(Wolfram Frommlet)
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