“How do things come to life?” This is a question that composer, electronic producer, and classically trained pianist Johannes Motschmann has been contemplating for a while now.
Johannes Motschmann studied composition with Wolfgang Rihm, Jörg Herchet and Hanspeter Kyburz, along with piano, music theory and electronic music. He is a freelance composer and lives in Berlin. Interpreters of his music include Ensemble Modern, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, The NDR Radio Philharmonic, SWR Symphony Orchestra, Scharoun Ensemble, Ensemble Adapter, Ensemble risonanze erranti, Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the classical band Spark. Motschmann’s music is performed at pop and classical festivals alike – from Klangspuren Schwaz to the Beethovenfest in Bonn from La Folle Journée to the Reeperbahn Festival and the Yellow Lounge at the Berghain venue. Johannes Motschmann has received commissions for compositions from renowned festivals, such as Davos Festival; Heidelberger Frühling; the AlpenKLASSIK Festival; and the Biennale für Moderne Musik Frankfurt Rhein Main.
He currently holds a scholarship at the experimental studio of the SWR in Freiburg for research studies about artificial intelligence and composition.
It’s a unique, compositional approach to electronic music that has led Motschmann to several ground-breaking albums and a raft of acclaimed performances all over the world, latterly alongside Boris Bolles and David Panzl as the Johannes Motschmann Trio. 2016’s “Electric Fields” , which matched classical flourishes, with beautiful moments of electronica, typified his creative processes – “New sound spaces inspired by electronic music, but produced 100% by hand,” is how he described it.