... has been Ensemble Modern’s principal bassoonist since 2003, working with the most innovate composers and artists of the day.
As a chamber musician, Johannes Schwarz has appeared on more than 30 CD productions covering an extraordinarily broad range of repertoire: from contemporary solo and ensemble works to classical and baroque music on original instruments, all the way to Heavy Metal, free improvisation and works using live electronics developed especially for him. His solo evenings including electronics and solo musical theatre productions bring all these areas together again. His performance UNA SOLO, developed with the dramaturgical duo Glogowski/Hoesch, was presented successfully in 2018/19 at several festivals (and supported by the State of Hessen). Schwarz is a sought-after guest in renowned German orchestras (WDR, HR), big bands (WDR, HR, Vienna), chamber music formations and ensembles specialized in free improvisation.
He taught chamber music and bassoon at the music academies in Essen and Cologne, has initiated musical school projects together with Ensemble Modern (Response) and was the artistic director of the master’s degree course IEMA (International Ensemble Modern Academy) from 2013 to 2018.
At the festival Klangspuren, he has organized the international chamber music course since 2008, alongside further Ensemble Modern courses in Germany and abroad. His digital bassoon sound archive was supported by the Aventis Foundation’s programme “experimente#digital” in 2018 and has been successfully online ever since.