Johannes Schwarz, bassoonist

Johannes Schwarz, born in 1970, has been a shareholder of the Ensemble Modern since 2003. Apart from regularly performing as a substitute in renowned radio and symphony orchestras, he performed for several years in baroque ensembles on original instruments. As a bassoonist, he has performed with radio big bands as well as various improvisation ensembles.

His CD productions feature works for solo bassoon premiered by him as well as classical and baroque music, but also tango arrangements, pop and heavy metal music. His most recent solo CD, ›più‹, featuring world premieres for bassoon and live electronics, was produced as a Surround-SACD and released by Ensemble Modern Medien in 2009. Some new CD-productions will be released in 2019: ›soundspaces‹, a trio programme for bassoon/saxophone/electronics together with saxophonist Sascha Armbruster (Basel) and tonemaster Sebastian Schottke (Karlsruhe/ZKM), a duet-program together with the bassoonist Malte Refarth (Essen) with contemporary literature, and a new solo-CD-production with new developed pieces for bassoon and electronics.


As a music educator, he has taught chamber music and bassoon at the Academies in Essen and Cologne, and is currently artistic leader of the International Ensemble Modern Academy at Frankfurt. He gives several workshops annually at music academies and international festivals, focusing on bassoon, reed-making and chamber music. Since 2004 he has been active in the ›Response Projects‹ at schools in Hessen, supported by the state of Hessen, and in the Frankfurt school projects of the Altana Foundation. Since 2009, he has been responsible for the organisation of the annual master course ›Klangspuren‹ in Schwaz (Tyrol) which feature renowned artists like Heinz Holliger, Johannes Staud, Martin Matalon, Unsuk Chin, Beat Furrer, George Benjamin, Hans Zender, Sofia Gubaidulina, Rebecca Saunders, Marc Andre and many more.


Since this year he has finished his digital sound library for bassoon and contraforte with support of the Aventis foundation „digital experimente“. About 27.000 sounds of this instruments were recorded, analysed, marked with notices and fingering systems. The digital library is usable for free under „“.