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artist, composer, producer

Johannes Motschmann Trio

After Johannes and Boris found an old Wurlitzer electric piano in the cellar of their student house, they continued to search for new instruments, which years later would give Electric Fields and Livestream its unique sound and form. Central to its sound are the Wurlitzer piano and the CP-70, which, along with the bass lines of the Moog Prodigy and MS-20, build the harmonic foundations of the music. A distinctive retro vibe is undoubtedly apparent as a result of the fact that almost all the instruments hail from the 70s and 80s.

David Panzl takes rhythms that were designed on drum machines and rejuvenates them with new life, while Boris Bolles uncovers delicate, lyrical lines on the violin that bring clarity and wholeness to the rhythms and arrangements. All that was machine-controlled now lies in the hands of these three classically trained musicians, who, with the highest degree of precision, make Johannes’s meticulously notated compositions sound as symphonic as if you were listening not to an electro-acoustic trio, but to an entire orchestra.

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"How do things come to life?" This is a question that composer, electronic producer, and classically trained pianist Johannes Motschmann has been contemplating for a while now.


Johannes Motschmann studied composition with Wolfgang Rihm, Jörg Herchet and Hanspeter Kyburz, along with piano, music theory and electronic music. He is a freelance composer and lives in Berlin. Interpreters of his music include Ensemble Modern, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, The NDR Radio Philharmonic, SWR Symphony Orchestra, Scharoun Ensemble, Ensemble Adapter, Ensemble risonanze errantiDeutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the classical band Spark. Motschmann’s music is performed at pop and classical festivals alike – from Klangspuren Schwaz to the Beethovenfest in Bonn  from La Folle Journée to the Reeperbahn Festival and the Yellow Lounge at the Berghain venue. Johannes Motschmann has received commissions for compositions from renowned festivals, such as Davos Festival; Heidelberger Frühling; the AlpenKLASSIK Festival; and the Biennale für Moderne Musik Frankfurt Rhein Main.


He currently holds a scholarship at the experimental studio of the SWR in Freiburg for research studies about artificial intelligence and composition.


It's a unique, compositional approach to electronic music that has led Motschmann to several ground-breaking albums and a raft of acclaimed performances all over the world, latterly alongside Boris Bolles and David Panzl as the Johannes Motschmann Trio. 2016's "Electric Fields" , which matched classical flourishes,  with beautiful moments of electronica, typified his creative processes  - "New sound spaces inspired by electronic music, but produced 100% by hand," is how he described it. 

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Music videos



Tour Dates
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Tour Dates




Tristia (2019)

for string orchestra

NDR Radiophilharmonie, Ben Palmer

Facets of Infinity (2016)

for recorders, violin, violoncello, piano and orchestra

UA 23.10.2017 in Frankfurt (Main), Alte Oper

Spark-the classical band, Opern- und Museumsorchester Frankfurt, Sebastian Weigle


Echoes and Drones (2016)

for chamber orchestra


Echoes and Instruments (2015)

for orchestra


Klarinettenkonzert (2013)

UA 11.12.2015 in Hannover, Großer Sendesaal, Matthias Schorn, Klarinette, NDR-Radiophilharmonie, Ltg. Alexander Shelley

Lifestream (2010)

Konzert für Multipercussion und Orchester


Life Events (2009)


UA: Alpenklassik 2009

Christian Seibert, Klavier

Philharmonie Bad Reichenhall, Ltg. Thomas Mandl

Konzertfiguren für Violine und Orchester (2008)

UA: Nymphenburger Schloss, München

Henja Semmler, Violine; Nymphenburger Kammerorchester, Ltg. Peter Tilling


Drei Antiphonen für Orchester (2008)

UA: Unser Lieben Frauen, Bremen

Sinfonia Concertante, Ltg. Rodrigo Blumenstock


Anspiel für Orchester (2003)

UA: Konzerthaus Karlsruhe,

Orchester der Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe Ltg. Peter Tilling


Film and theatre music

Tristia (2019)

Game music for Dreams on Playstation 4

NDR Radiophilharmonie, Ben Palmer

Tabu (2019)

Film music for TerraX, ZDF

Prinz und Bettelknabe (2014)

ein Musical für Kinder nach Mark Twain (Text: Wolfgang Dornwald)

UA Rudolf-Steiner-Schule, Witten


Grizzly (2013)

Filmmusik zu einem Film von Arved Lindau

Into America. The Ancestor’s Land (2012)

Filmmusik zu einem Film von Nadine Zacharias

Ende der Welt (2011)

Filmmusik zu einem Film von Arved Lindau

Henrik lyver du in memoriam Henrik Ibsen (2006)

Schauspielmusik für ein Deutsch-Norwegisches Theaterprojekt in drei Akten für vier singende Schauspieler, Klarinette, Violine, Violoncello, Akkordeon und Klavier

UA: Bit teatergarasjen Bergen, Norwegen

Sandrine Brammer, Kl.; Kirsten Harms, Vl.; Augustin Maurs, Vc.;

Valentin Butt, Akk.; Johannes Motschmann Ltg. und Klav.

Chamber music

Encore (2014)

für Blockflöten, Viola, Violoncello und Klavier


Scripted Reality (2012)

für Klavier, Celesta und Schlagzeug

UA: Gasteig, München

Johannes Motschmann, Klavier; Peter Tilling, Celesta;

Laszlo Hudacsek und Thomas Hastreiter, Schlagzeug

Arpeggiator (2012)

für Klavierquintett

UA Alte Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg (Heidelberger Frühling)

Quatuor Danel; Yannick Wirner, Klavier


Folk Tune Rhapsodies (I-III) (2012)

für zwei Blockflöten, Viola, Violoncello und Klavier

UA Tollhaus (Zeltival)


Echoing voices (2011)

für zwei Kontrabassblockflöten und Klavier

Resonance (2011)

für Altblockflöte und Klavier


Carillon Notturno Exprompt (2008)

Drei Stücke für Klavier und Schlagzeug

Aufgenommen im Großen Sendesaal des ORF in Wien am 1. und 2. August 2008

Christian Seibert, Klavier; David Panzl und Peter Vorhauer, Schlagzeug


Meteor (2008)

für Sopraninoblockflöte, Sopranblockflöte, Viola, Violoncello und Klavier

UA: Städtischer Konzertsaal Dinkelsbühel


Tanz (2007)

für Streichquartett und Jazztrio

UA: Davos Festival, Kongresszentrum

Jackquartet, BraffOesterRohrer


Elegie (2007)

für Oboe, Violine, Viola, Violoncello und Klavier

UA: Kulturzentrum Schlachthof in Bremen,

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; Johannes Motschmann, Klavier


Quintett (2006)

für Klarinette, Violine, Viola, Violoncello und Klavier

UA: Festival „Heidelberger Frühling“ Alte PH Heidelberg,

Zoltan Kovac, Klarinette.; Minguet Quartett; Anna Zassimova, Klavier

Drei kurze Sätze für Englischhorn, Violine und drei Violoncelli (2005)

UA: Kulturzentrum Schlachthof Bremen,

Mitglieder der Deutschen Kammerphilharmonie Bremen


Melismen (2004)

für Streichquartett

UA: Klangspurenfestival Schwaz/Tirol,

Minguet Quartett

Immer Schweigender  (2004)

für Streichquartett

UA: Villa Musica Mainz,

Kastalia Quartett




Rainer Scheerer



Ralf Diemert


Neue Meister


La Chunga music publishing GmbH


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