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Harneit, Johannes


The composer and conductor Johannes Harneit (born in 1963) studied composition, music theory and conducting with Prof. György Ligeti and Prof. Klauspeter Seibel at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Hamburg. He has worked as a conductor at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Bremen Theatre, the Oldenburg State Theatre, the opera houses in Wuppertal and Gelsenkirchen, the Hannover State Opera, the Weimar National Theatre and at the Leipzig Opera, as well as with the NDR, WDR and SWR Orchestras. Outside of Germany, he has been a guest conductor at the Teatro La Fenice and the Belgrade National Theatre and has worked with the Danish Radio Orchestra, the Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra; he made his debut with “The Flying Dutchman” with the Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria in December 2013.

As a composer, Johannes Harneit has received numerous commissions, including those from the Frankfurt Alte Oper, the NDR in Hannover, the ISCM in Basle and the Beethovenfest in Bonn. His subtle, exciting scores have been performed by a large number of renowned musicians and ensembles, including the Minnesota Orchestra, the Klangforum Wien, the SWR in Baden-Baden, the Leipzig Sinfonietta, the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble and the Stuttgart Philharmonic. After the latest major operatic commission from the Leipzig Opera (two stage works composed from early 2009 until mid-2012), Johannes Harneit is currently working on an opera for children and adults for the Thüringen Theater&Philharmonie (world premiere in April 2015) which will be on the 2014/15 programme “Composer for Heidelberg”.