Mathias Johansen

Professor at the State Conservatory, Vorarlberg.

“I’ve been playing with Larsen strings enthusiastically since the 1990s. Particularly the latest developments in the Magnacore and Il Cannone lines allow me to translate my musical ideas into sound more directly.

This advancement offers a completely new and liberating playing experience, providing an incredible sense of freedom and spontaneity that I wouldn’t want to miss, either on stage or in teaching. It’s impressive that this can go hand in hand with a wonderfully creamy, velvety tone and clear brilliance.​”

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Mathias Johansen Cellist

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About Mathias

Mathias Johansen received his first rigorous musical training with Ekkehard Hessenbruch. He began his academic studies with Wen-Sinn Yang in 2005, which he carried on with Troels Svane in 2008. In 2011, he became a master student with Frans Helmerson at the Hans Eisler music conservatory in Berlin. He was admitted to the graduation exam with Conradin Brotbek at the Music Conservatory Stuttgart in 2014. His artistic development has been supplemented by master classes with David Geringas, Wolfgang Boettcher, Jens Peter Maintz, Gustav Rivinius, Daniel Müller-Schott, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Natalia Gutman.

Mathias performed as a soloist with the Lithuanian National Orchestra conducted by Gintaras Rikevicius, in addition to soloistic performances with the Berliner Philharmonic. He also collaborated with masters such as Antje Weithaas, David Geringas, and Kalle Randalu for various chamber music projects within a multi-year scholarship of Villa Musica Rheinland Pfalz. He is also a much-in-demand chamber musician and performs regularly at various festivals, such as the Podium Festival Esslingen, Podium Festival Iceland, Chamber Music Festival Moteleon, Zeitkunstfestival, the Austrian Styria Chamber Music Festival, the León Chamber Music Festival in Spain, Musikfest Goslar and Festival Klassiek Zeeland.

He has played in Steven Isserlis’ Open Chamber Music retreat in Prussia Cove. In 2014, he was on tour in Japan and Norway. He has played solo with the Symphony Orchestra of Vorarlberg as part of the Bregenzer Festspiele 2021 and had his debut at the Schubertiade 2023.

In 2021 he was invited to join the “LightsOut Ensemble”. Magnus Boye Hansen, Miguel Perez and Mathias Halvorsen played a tour in Norway portraying the famous Piano Quartet by Messiaen (Pour la Fin du Temps) in complete darkness to give the audience the sensation of a purely acoustic experience. Concerts in Germany followed in 2023.

As of 2016, he is teaching at the Stella Musikhochschule in Feldkirch, Austria. His students have won numerous national and international prizes and have performed live on Austria’s national broadcaster. As teaching plays a big role in his life, he has dedicated a lot of effort into founding the master class “Feldkircher Streichertage”, which took place in 2023 for the 7th time. It’s a place, where up to nine professors teach, a musician psychologist talks about ways to practice and perform, a musician fitness trainer helps to optimise biological issues and where chamber music between teachers and participants plays a huge role.

Prof. Mathias Johansen
Mathias Johansen and Silke Aichhorn

“Mathias Johansen impressed with rich and velvety cello sound in Antonin Dvorak’s B Minor Concerto. We will have to remember his name.​”

Eleonore Büning, Franfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Mathias Johansen in Performance

DVORAK CELLO CONCERTO – 3rd movement FINALE, ALLEGRO MODERATO – Orchestra of the Conservatory in Feldkirch (Stella Musikhochschule) and Benjamin Lack conducting.

Mathias Johansen

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