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Johanna Wiedenbach was born in 1953 in Seckenhausen near Bremen and took her first piano lessons at 6 years old. Her talent was discovered and developed by her teacher Uwe Gronostay and by the age of 12 she was ready to join Marianne Krasmann’s piano class at the Bremen conservatory. She won a number of prizes and scholarships (Edwin-Fischer-Fond, Oscar und Vera Ritter-Stiftung) and received particular attention with her debut as a 16 year old soloist in Mozart’s Piano concerto (KV 271) in the Bremer Rathaus and the following year Chopin’s First piano concerto in the ‘Glocke’ (Orchester der Musikfreunde).

After leaving school, she began her studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg with Prof. Eliza Hansen, with whom she also undertook her final concert exam.

During her studies she won the scholarship Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and the international competition “Interforum” in Fertöd/Hungary which led to many concerts  and TV appearances both in Germany and abroad (e.g. Festival Bordeaux, “Jonge mensen op het concertpodium“). She also took part in a masterclass in Positano/Italy from which began a mentorship with Wilhelm Kempff.

She appeared numerous times in the Hamburger Laeiszhalle with, among others, the NDR Sinfonieorchester, the Hamburger Symphonikers, the Hamburger Mozartorchester,  the Hamburger Jugendorchester, the ASJ Orchester and in the Beethovenhalle, Bonn with the Chur Cölnisches Orchester.

Since her youth she has also been in demand as a chamber ensemble musician and accompanist. She has recorded with the violinist Regine Borchert (NDR Sinfonieorchester) and made a number of appearances in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein with Florian Sonnleiter, Trefor Smith, Miriam Sharoni and Claus Bantzer. As a soloist she has been invited to perform many piano recitals at e.g. Schloss Elmau, Schloss Etelsen, European Foyer Luxembourg and Limassol/Cyprus. She also worked with Matthias Wegner, Ulrich Tukur, Dietmar Mues and Ulrich Wildgruber to create readings with music at the Hamburger Kammerspielen, at the Theater am Goetheplatz Bremen and at the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin. Under the direction of Axel von Ambesser she appeared in the film ‘Der Konsul’ alongside Gerd Fröbe.

She has a long-standing connection playing with church choirs such as St. Johannis Harvestehude and St. Jacobi at Hamburg. Her love of church music has inspired her to play both harpsichord since her studies and the organ since 2006. She currently performs song recitals with the tenor Andreas Preuß and is professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and since 2007 has also taught at the International College of Music, Hamburg.