Johannes Hill (born 1988) is a German baritone in concert and in oratorios, who has performed internationally. Singing in choirs from age 10, he has performed major roles in oratorios, such as both Jesus and Pilate in Bach's Passions, and Pope Francis in the premiere of Laudato si'. He has also performed in vocal ensembles such as Kammerchor Stuttgart and Collegium Vocale Gent.
|Born||1988 or 1989|
|Education||Hochschule für Musik Mainz|
Born in Taunusstein, Hill sang as a boy from age ten as a member of the choir Idsteiner Kantorei, where his first concert was in 1999 Christus by Friedrich Kiel. He was also a member of the boys' choir Wiesbadener Knabenchor, where he was also a soloist. He studied voice at the Hochschule für Musik Mainz with Hans-Christoph Begemann, graduating with a diploma in 2015. He took master classes with Ton Koopman, Helmuth Rilling and Andreas Scholl, among others.
He has focused on singing in concert and in oratorios. His first concert as a soloist with the Idsteiner Kantorei was in 2011 Fauré's Requiem. In 2014, he appeared at the Hochschule as Nardo in Mozart's opera La finta giardiniera, and at the festival Internationale Maifestspiele Wiesbaden in a concert performance of Domenico Mazzochi's La catena d'Adone. In 2015, he sang the bass parts in Bach cantatas with the Deutscher Kammerchor and Kammerorchester Basel, conducted by Andreas Scholl who also sang two alto solo cantatas, at the great hall of the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. They repeated the program on a tour to Switzerland and France, including the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. Hill appeared at the Zelenka Festival in both Prague and Dresden in 2016, singing as a member of the Kammerchor Stuttgart and a soloist in two works by Jan Dismas Zelenka, the Missa Dei Filii, ZWV 20, and the Miserere in C-minor, ZWV 57. He performed the role of Pope Francis in the premiere of Peter Reulein's oratorio Laudato si' at the Limburg Cathedral in 2016, conducted by the composer. The same year, he was a soloist in Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, performed by the Idsteiner Kantorei and the Nassauische Kammerphilharmonie, conducted by Carsten Koch, in St. Martin, Idstein. He has been a regular soloist with the choir Junge Kantorei, performing in Schubert's Mass in G major and the role of Pilate in a scenic version of Bach's St. John Passion ("Die Freiheit, die Fesseln trägt" - Eine szenische Collage. J. S. Bach, Johannespassion, und der Prozess um die Märtyrer des Widerstandes vor dem Volksgerichtshof 1945) in churches in Frankfurt, Heidelberg and Marburg. He was the bass soloist in Haydn's Theresienmesse, performed in the service on Christmas Day 2017 at St. Bonifatius, Wiesbaden, by Chor von St. Bonifatius and members of the Hessisches Staatsorchester, conducted by Gabriel Dessauer.
As a member of vocal ensembles, Hill toured Israel with the Kammerchor Stuttgart, conducted by Frieder Bernius, performing Ein deutsches Requiem in 2015, and the same year sang with the Chor-Akademie Lübeck in Shanghai and Beijing, the first performances in China of Arnold Schönberg's Gurre-Lieder. He also performed with the Collegium Vocale Gent. He recorded Bach's St Matthew Passion with the Kammerchor Stuttgart in 2015, singing the role of Pilate. In 2017, he was the vox Christi (voice of Christ) in Bach's St John Passion in a performance with the Ensemble Paulinum and the Baroque orchestra Pulchra Musica at St. Paulus, Worms, also singing the Bass arias. A reviewer noted that he expressed the character's sovereign firmness (souveräne Festigkeit) and touching care (berührend die Fürsorge) for his mother, and also the interpretation of the emotional arias.
On 26 October 2019, he was the bass soloist in Dvořák's Stabat Mater in a concert with the Chor von St. Bonifatius, members of the orchestra of the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, conducted by Roman Twardy. A reviewer singled him out among the soloists and noted the mellow timbre of his voice, carrying effortlessly ("der mühelos tragfähige, warm und weich timbrierte Bass ...").
- Heeren-Pradt, Beke (5 September 2015). "Gesangssolist Johannes Hill hat als Kind in der Idsteiner Kantorei gesungen". Wiesbadener Kurier (in German). Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- "Johannes Hill" (in German). Stadttheater Gießen. 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
- "Andreas Scholl, Countertenor und Leitung / Kantaten zur Weihnacht" (in German). Dehm Verlag. 12 December 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- "Andreas Scholl / contre-ténor" (in German). Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- "Johannes Hill". Zelenka Festival. 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- "J. D. Zelenka – Miserere & Miassa Dei Filii". Zelenka Festival. 2016. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- Bohnhorst-Vollmer, Anken. "Bewegende Uraufführung / Chöre, Solisten und Orchester musizieren zum Jubiläum des Referats für Kirchenmusik". Nassauische Neue Presse (in German).
- "Oratorium Laudato si' / Ein franziskanisches Magnificat in 5 Bildern – Für Soli, Chor und Orchester" (in German). Dehm Verlag. 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
- Jung, Hendrik (15 November 2016). "Die Idsteiner Kantorei und die Nassauische Kammerphilharmonie begeistern in der St. Martin Kirche mit ihrer Aufführung von Brahms "Ein deutsches Requiem"". Wiesbadener Tagblatt (in German). Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- "Konzertarchiv" (in German). Junge Kantorei. 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
- "J.S. Bach, Johannespassion, in einer szenischen Collage" (in German). regio-kult.de. 21 February 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
- "St. Bonifatius: Weihnachtshochamt mit Chor". musikfoerdern.de (in German). 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- "Matthäus-Passion = St. Matthew passion, BWV 244 / Johann Sebastian Bach". Princeton University Library. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- Schäfer, Ulrike (21 March 2017). "Ensemble Paulinum und Barockorchester Pulchra Musica wühlen mit Johannes-Passion von Bach in Wormser Pauluskirche auf". Wormser Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 2 March 2018.
- Kösterke, Doris (28 October 2019). "Gänsehaut nach vielen Monaten harter Arbeit / Chor von St. Bonifatius führt Dvořák's "Stabat Mater" auf". Wiesbadener Kurier (in German). Retrieved 28 October 2019.
- Official website
- Johannes Hill (Baritone) on Bach Cantatas Website
- Aktuell in der HfMM / Studierende erfolgreich beim 9. Deutschen Chorwettbewerb 2014 in Weimar uni-mainz.de 6 June 2014
- Johann Sebastian Bach | Johannes Passion - St John Passion (BWV 245) with Johannes Hill on YouTube