1976 in Heidelberg):
composer and pianist with Polish roots.
In our time, the public expects an artist to have a regular, targeted biography
with early studies and successes, winning competitions, promotional awards
and progresses from station to station. In contrast to such expectations,
Hannes Pohlit's biography is particularly characterized by the fact that it does
not correspond to this picture, but is shaped by many breaks and changes with
the result of a personal and artistic decision: to be true and individual.
A life for the art.
Hannes' music is classical contemporary music with strong romantic features.
His tonal language is influenced by the music of Hans Werner Henze as well
as by romantic composers like Franz Liszt and Sergej Rachmaninoff. The basis
of his musicality has been the experience of Johann Sebastian Bach's church
music since his childhood. His music is as complex and multi-layered as the
human psyche, multi-faceted and with dramatic developments like life; but
with great warmth and melodic cantability.
The artistical aspect of a work
of art is very important to him, who is himself a virtuoso pianist.
The most important stages in his early artistic career are: as a child
to play piano, organ and french horn; first compositions at the age of 14,
private lessons with Róbert Wittinger (b. 1945), who encouraged
to write symphonic works. Promotional award of the German
Association at the age of 16, at the age of 18 young student at the University
of music in Frankfurt with Prof. Hans Zender (1936-2019). Zender promoted
Hannes very much, but had no understanding for his romanticism.
After graduating from high school, he began studying composition with Prof.
Hans-Jürgen von Bose (b. 1953) in Munich, but when he realized that in fact
he did not like contemporary music, a personal crisis led him to terminate his
production as a composer and to decide to want to become a conductor.
In 1998 he moved to Leipzig, where he has lived since. After studying
conducting (with the wonderful inspiring GMD Prof. Gert Bahner,
and piano in this city, which was still marked by the fall of the GDR, he worked
as a conductor and piano coach (Erfurt Opera House), as well as a pianist and
song accompanist. He has conducted operas in Erfurt and Nordhausen and
concerts with symphony orchestras such as the Jena Philharmonic,
Philharmonic Gotha-Suhl, Erzgebirge Symphony Orchestra Annaberg-Aue and
most recently (2016) the Thuringian Symphony Orchestra Saalfeld-Rudolstadt.
Together with Leipzig-based composers, he founded a chamber orchestra for
contemporary music in 2005 and was its artistic director until 2010.
At the age of 30, when he received the concert diploma from the University
of Music "Franz Liszt" Weimar as a conductor at the end of his master class
studies, he realized that he did not live the life that corresponded to his nature,
quit his job at the theatre Erfurt and began studying composition (with Prof.
Reinhard Pfundt) and music theory in Leipzig. Since 2007 he has been creating
new compositions in a completely different style than when he was young.
From 2006 to 2017, Hannes was a freelance musician. Since ending his activities
as a conductor, he has profilized himself in the last decade as a virtuoso pianist
with a preference for the works of Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy and Sergej
Rachmaninoff. "His nimble fingers connect solid virtuosity with the
of Chopin and brillancy of Czerny" (Press Review in "Die
As a pianist, he is a Blüthner Artist and his compositions are published
exclusively in the Friedrich Hofmeister Music
(Friedrich Hofmeister Musikverlag Leipzig).
His first "new" orchestra works were performed by the
Suhl (2009) and the Thuringia Symphony Orchestra
(2011, "La Chapelle de François Liszt" for the Liszt-year).
2014, he was the composer in residence of the famous "Cantiere
Internazionale d'Arte" in Montepulciano (Italy), a festival which
and supported by Hans Werner Henze (1926-2012), with world premieres of
sinfonietta for large orchestra "Il Vento" ("The
Wind") and his piano trio
"Les Lumières de la Nuit" ("The lights of the night").
In 2015, he was the
composer in residence of the State Theatre Rudolstadt with the comission
a new stage music to J. W. Goethe's "Faust I" for solo voices,
orchestra. This production was performed from 2015 till 2018 in several
with 36 performances and has been well recognized in the press across
Notable publications in the recent years include the clarinet quintet "Nel Fiume
eterno" for the chamber ensemble of the Dortmund Philharmonic, the violin
concerto "Humanité" for the 500th anniversary of Reformation (2017,
Arzberger - violin) and a very special Crossover-project, the twelve virtuoso
"Paraphrases de Tango" for piano after the model of Franz Liszts' paraphrases.
From 2010 to 2016, Hannes Pohlit was a lecturer in music theory at the Leipzig
University of Music and Drama. Since 2017 he has been a senior lecturer for
score playing, score studies and concert accompaniment at the Institute for
Conducting of the University of Music FRANZ LISZT in Weimar.