Johannes Schöllhorn (*1962 in Murnau/Germany) studied in Freiburg/Germany composition under Klaus Huber, Emanuel Nunes, and Mathias Spahlinger, music theory under Peter Förtig and visited conduction classes under Peter Eötvös. Johannes Schöllhorn works with numerous internationals soloists, ensembles, and orchestras, amongst others with the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble intercontemporain, Ensemble l’instant donné, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble musikFabrik, ensemble recherche, Neue Vocalsolisten, ensemble ascolta, Neues Ensemble, Symphonieorchester of the WDR and SWR Stuttgart, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and Philharmonia Orchestra London; he was awarded with several international composition prizes.
In 1997, Schöllhorn was awarded by the Comité de Lecture of the Ensemble intercontemporain; in 2009, he won the Praetorius Musikpreis of Lower Saxony. His chamber opera »les petites filles modèles« was staged several times in Paris and other places around France after its premiere at the Opéra de Bastille in 1997. In 2008, a project in the framework of the into-project lead him to Hongkong.
His music combines many genres from chamber to vocal music and from works for orchestras to music theaters. Additionally, he works with music adaptions in various ways; amongst others, he created a version of »…explosante-fixe…« by Pierre Boulez.
Johannes Schöllhorn was the head of the Ensemble für Neue Musik at the University of Music Freiburg until 2004 and was a lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Zürich-Winterthur from 1995 until 2000. From 2001 until 2009, he was professor for composition at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media and the head of the Institut für Neue Musik at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne/Germany. Schöllhorn lectured at the composition institute oft he Fondation Royaumont as well as at the Bartók Festival and gave composition courses at the Ictus-Seminar, the Conservatoire de Paris, the Conservatory of Music in Tianjin/China, the Central Conservatory in Beijing/China, in Hongkong, at the Takefu International Music Festival in Japan, the Tokyo Ondai University in Japan, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea and at the Centro San Fedel in Milan/Italy.