April 19 to 26, 2021
State Conservatory Vorarlberg - Feldkirch
"Mathias Johansen impressed with his lush and velvety cello sound in Antonin Dvorak's B Minor Concerto. We will have to remember his name."
eleonore büning, frankfurter allgemeine zeitung, 9.2.2015
Mathias Johansen received his first rigorous musical and cellistic training with Ekkehard Hessenbruch. His academic studies began with Prof. Wen-Sinn Yang in 2005, he then switched to Prof. Troels Svane in 2008. He then became a master student with Frans Helmerson at the music conservatory "Hans Eisler" in Berlin in 2011. In 2014, he was admitted to the graduation exam with Prof. Conradin Brotbek at the Music Conservatory Stuttgart. His artistic development has been supplemented by master classes with David Geringas, Wolfgang Boettcher, Jens Peter Maintz, Daniel Müller-Schott, Gustav Rivinius, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Natalia Gutman. As of Summer 2016 he is professor for cello at the Landeskonservatorium Vorarlberg (State Conservatory of Vorarlberg) in Feldkirch, Austria.
Mathias performed as a soloist with the Lithuanian National Orchestra conducted by Gintaras Rikevicius, in addition to solistic performances with the Berliner Philharmonic. He also collaborated with such masters as Antje Weithaas, David Geringas, and Kalle Randalu for various chamber music projects.
His solo reportoire includes: Dvorák Cello Concerto, Shostakovitch Cello Concerto No. 1, Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations, Elgar Cello Concerto, the Haydn cello concertos in C and D, and Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1.
Neben seiner solistischen Tätigkeit ist Mathias Johansen ein leidenschaftlicher und vielseitiger Kammermusiker, der von zahlreichen Festivals eingeladen wird, darunter das PODIUM Festival Esslingen, PODIUM Festival Island, Kammermusikfestival Monteleon, Zeitkunstfestival, Steirisches Kammermusikfestival, Kammermusikfestival in León (Spanien), und das Komponistenforum in St. Petersburg. Er ist ein regelmäßiger Gast bei der österreichischen Kammermusikreihe Musik in der Pforte.
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, and the León Chamber Music Festival in Spain. In 2014, he was on tour in Japan and Norway.