Carnegie Hall Commissions
Johannes Lauer was born in 1982 in Tübingen, Germany. He grew up playing trombone and piano in many chamber music settings and orchestras, including the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Germany. From 2002 to 2004, he studied at the University of the Arts in Berlin and from 2004 to 2006 at the Lucerne School of Music with Nils Wogram and Dieter Ammann; he graduated with distinction from Lucerne with a degree in jazz performance and composition. He has performed on countless stages from Mochenwangen to Sibiria to South Korea and has collaborated with such renowned artists as Chris Speed, John Hollenbeck, and the NDR Big Band. His piece Scenes, for two voices and chamber music ensemble, was commissioned by the Carnegie Hall Corporation and received its world premiere in April 2007 at the culminating concert of The Weill Music Institute’s Professional Training Workshop led by Osvaldo Golijov and Dawn Upshaw. He now lives in New York on a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service.