Johannes Jahnel

Johannes Jahnel
  • born in Berlin
  • Member of the orchestra since 2005
  • Chamber music at the Konzerthaus Berlin: Konzerthaus Quartett, Konzerthaus Kammerorchester

Johannes Jahnel studied in Berlin at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music with Werner Scholz and Michael Erxleben. As a DAAD scholar, he went to the United States where he was taught by Nelli Shkolnikova and Mauricio Fuks at the Indiana University in Bloomington for two years. The prize-winner of international competitions was a scholarship holder at the German National Scholarship Foundation and the International Music Academy in Germany.


What do you enjoy most about being an orchestral musician?

When performing, the musician is involved as an entire being – physically, mentally and emotionally. There is profound non-verbal communication both between the musicians and between the ensemble and the audience. In an orchestra, many participants work together towards this goal, encouraging and complementing one another. There are few professions with such a profound group dynamic.

What is particularly appealing to you about playing the violin?

The violin is a particularly colourful instrument with an incredible number of possibilities for shaping sound and forming tones. There is a wide spectrum of technical options; even polyphony is possible on the violin. I also believe that no other instrument can touch the soul like the violin.

What do you do before a concert?

Remind myself that the ability to play a concerto is a gift from heaven. Eat something. Tune myself inwardly to the first bars of the concerto. On very relaxed evenings, I simply chat with colleagues.

What is your favourite dish, where do you eat it in Berlin, or do you cook it yourself?

Chicken, prepared by my wife. Either in a pressure cooker with lots of vegetables, herbs and garlic, or baked the Honduran way with beer and ketchup. Unbelievably tasty!


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