Biography

Johannes Löhner is Music Director of the Kammerorchester Regensburg, Assistant Conductor to Sir Roger Norrington, Artistic Director & CEO of the International Salon Project, and Adjunct Professor of Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg. He speaks five languages, performs internationally, travels upwards of 20 weeks a year, and is also active as a Pianist and Composer.

 


 

Johannes Löhner stands for substance. At 28 years of age, the German-American has worked with institutions such as the Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio-Symphony, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, NDR Elbphilharmonie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, DSO Berlin, Hamburg Symphony, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Nürnberger Symphoniker, and countless others. He has extensive experience as an Assistant Conductor, and was recently selected to work with Riccardo Muti at the Tokyo Spring Festival from 2019-2021, where he will take on three Verdi operas: Rigoletto, Macbeth, and Un Ballo in Maschera.

Following two years as Resident Guest Conductor, Johannes Löhner was named Music Director of the Kammerorchester Regensburg in December 2018. Under his tenure, the ensemble will take on several exciting outreach initiatives, recording projects, and international tours. Löhners exacting standards, experience with historical performance practice, and charisma have drawn positive reviews as well as financial growth – a recent open-air concert brought more than 14,000 listeners.

Since 2017, Johannes Löhner has been mentored by Sir Roger Norrington. Supported by a unique Fellowship, he has accompanied him on projects with leading orchestras worldwide, explored a wide range of repertoire, and gathered significant practical experience.

As Artistic Director & CEO of the International Salon Project, Johannes Löhner interacts with leading performers, institutions, and sponsors to create unique live events. The initiative grew out of the successful Nuremberg Salon, which Löhner founded in 2016, and is rapidly expanding.

After graduating from the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg in 2016 with distinction, Löhner joined the faculty as Adjunct Professor of Conducting. In cooperations with the Staatstheater Nürnberg, he has since prepared operas by Puccini, Beethoven, Sullivan, Kampe, and Glanert. He enjoys teaching as a complement to his performance schedule, and recently led a masterclass on improvisation with the Academy of the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Washington DC, Johannes Löhner taught himself to play the piano as a child. He benefited from a unique musical upbringing, and came in contact with artists like Lorin Maazel and Menahem Pressler at an early age. In high school, he began conducting and won scholarships from the American Guild of Organists and National Symphony Orchestra. Löhner completed his Bachelor’s in Los Angeles, where he graduated magna cum laude with a dual-degree in Music Performance from Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, receiving awards from the school for Instrumental Conducting and Piano Performance. He enjoyed an individualized education, working with six different teachers on a weekly basis and conducting the Chapman Chamber Orchestra, Opera, and New Music Ensemble. Löhner studied under Daniel Alfred Wachs, student of Otto-Werner Mueller, and took weekly lessons in solo piano from Grace Fong, protegé of Sergei Babayan. Dr. Louise Thomas supervised his dual-degree in Keyboard Collaborative Arts, and David Alt, student of the late French baritone Gérard Souzay, oversaw Löhners training as a lyric tenor. From 2014-2016, Löhner completed a Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting with Guido Johannes Rumstadt at the Hochschule für Musik in Nuremberg, Germany. Throughout his early career, Johannes Löhner appeared in Masterclasses around the world, working with pedagogues like Mark Gibson, Ulrich Windfuhr, Frank Strobel, Simone Young, and Riccardo Muti.