Johannes Strake

Born in Landshut, Germany, Johannes is the son of a music teacher and a pharmacist. He was taught violin by his father Engelbert Strake, Herbert Gill (Music School Landshut), Prof Ingolf Turban (University of Music & Performing Arts Munich) and Prof Alexander Janiczek (Guildhall School of Music & Drama London). He is currently studying with Prof Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ Berlin.

He has gained further musical influences through masterclasses with Mi-Kyung Lee, Kurt Saßmannshaus, Thomas Brandis, Roman Nodel and Heime Müller.

Johannes has won several competitions, including 2nd prize in the 2015 Vasco Abadjiev International Violin Competition, Sofia and 2nd prize in the 2014 Ibolyka Gyarfas Violin Competition, Berlin. He was also awarded the special prize for the best Bach interpretation at the 2014 International Johannes Brahms Competition.

As a soloist Johannes has performed with the Landshut Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the University of Music & Performing Arts Munich, the Max-Bruch-Philharmonie, Sondershausen and the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra.

Johannes is an enthusiastic orchestral musician. He gained experience as concertmaster in the Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie and in the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, and as substitute in the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Kammerakademie Potsdam.

Johannes plays a 2016 modern violin by violinmaker Julia Maria Pasch.