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Jóhann Kristinsson


Jóhann Kristinsson started his vocal studies in Iceland with Bergþór Pálsson in 2009. He studied at Hochschule für Musik, „Hanns Eisler” Berlin from 2015-2017 with Scot Weir and received lessons from Thomas Quasthoff, Julia Varady and Wolfram Rieger. He also attended masterclasses with Thomas Hampson, Graham Johnson and Helmut Deutsch among others.​

He was a finalist in the Robert Schumann competition in Zwickau in 2016 and in March 2017 he received the Third Prize as well as the Audience Prize at the International Song Competition “Das Lied”, in Heidelberg.​

This year he made his debut with Bach’s St.John Passion, where he sang the bass arias with the Bamberger Symphoniker and Rundfunkchor Köln under the baton of Herbert Blomstedt. In April he gave a recital with songs by Hugo Wolf at the Heidelberger Frühling Music Festival with Ammiel Bushakevitz.​

Jóhann has worked with conductors Kent Nagano, Herbert Blomstedt, Pier Giorgio Morandi and Carlo Rizzari among others.​

This year, he received the Icelandic Music Awards in the category “Most Promising Artist of the Year”. He was also nominated in two other categories, “Singer of the Year” and “Musical Event of the Year”, for a song recital he gave with Ammiel Bushakevitz.​

Jóhann is a member of the International Opera Studio at Hamburg State Opera.

Last updated: Jul 2019