"Conductor Johanna Soller plays the harpsichord herself, nay, she dances it,
she is a wide awake centre of energy“
"A strong St. Matthew's passion -
She doesn't hide behind the neutrality of a score
and risks a point of view“
"Johanna Soller played the harpsichord heartbreakingly.
With her moves she seemed to carry her feelings into sounds.
She awakened the harpsichord to new life.“
Johanna Soller, conductor, harpsichordist and organist is one of the most versatile musicians of her generation.
She is chief conductor and artistic director of the baroque ensemble capella sollertia,
which has its origin in a highly acclaimed performance of Bachs St. Matthew's passion in 2019.
She is also founder and artistic director of the Bach cantata series Cantate um 1715.
Johanna collaborates with ensembles such as Freiburger Barockorchester,
Zürcher Singakademie, Hofkapelle München, Munich Symphony Orchestra, Bach Collegium München
und artists such as Julian Prégardien, Anna Prohaska, Hille Perl, Christine Schornsheim and Florian Helgath.
Among her chamber music partners are Kristin von der Goltz and Anne Katharina Schreiber.
Previous engagements include Theater an der Wien, the International Handel Festival in Goettingen,
Thueringer Bachwochen and AUDI summer concerts in Ingolstadt. In the current season she is in invited to conduct the Orquesta de Córdoba in a J.S. Bach and his sons programme and takes rehearsals for the Nederlandse Bach Verenigung and its Chief Conductor Shunske Sato.
An acclaimed choral conductor, Johanna has taken rehearsals for ensembles such as the MDR Radio Choir Leipzig, the Munich Bach Choir and the via nova choir and for conductors such as Zubin Mehta (Israel Philharmonic Orchestra), Ulf Schirmer (Munich Radio Orchestra), Nicholas McGegan (MDR Symphony Orchestra) und Laurence Cummings (Festival Orchestra Göttingen).
From 2014 to 2020 she served as musical assistant to the Munich Bach Choir, with whom she continues to work.
In 2021 she was a chosen finalist of the prestigious Eric Ericson Award in Stockholm
and therefore worked with the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir and the St. Jacob's Chamber Choir.
A fellow in the German Conductors Forum (Forum Dirigieren) of Deutscher Musikrat
she also collaborated amongst others with the Bavarian Radio Choir and the Philharmonic Choir Berlin.
During her studies she founded the Vocalconsort Munich.
Johanna is also in demand as an opera conductor and achieves an excellent reputation as Maestra al cembalo:
In 2021 she returned to Theater an der Wien in Vienna as Studienleiter and musical assistant of Christopher Moulds in Claus Guth's cheered production of Handel’s Saul, playing as well the harpsichord and carillon in the pit with Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
As Laurence Cummings' musical assistant, she was repeatedly invited to the International Handel Festival in Göttingen.
In 2019 she was appointed musical director of the Munich Chamber Opera,
conducting among others Maria Antonia Walpurgis' Talestri, Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto and Rossini's Petite Messe solenelle.
She gave her debut as an opera conductor in 2017 with Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto.
Johanna is a lecturer for thorough-bass and score reading at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich
and was appointed organist at St. Peter’s church in Munich in 2016.
Prizewinner of the prestigious "Prague Spring" International Music Competition she has played recitals in some of the most important venues.
Johanna studied in Munich conducting with Michael Glaeser, harpsichord with Christine Schornsheim, organ and church music with Bernhard Haas and Edgar Krapp and graduated entirely with distinction. In addition she attended masterclasses and internships with Collegium Vocale Gent (Philippe Herreweghe), Gaechinger Cantorey (Hans-Christoph Rademann) and Kammerchor Stuttgart (Frieder Bernius). She won a scholarship of the German National Music Competition 2013 and was therefore admitted to the Bundesauswahl Konzerte Junger Kuenstler, a funding programme of Deutscher Musikrat.
In 2020 she was awarded the Bavarian Kunstfoerderpreis.