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Short biography:
           
Hannes Pohlit (born in 1976 in Heidelberg) is a German pianist and composer 
with Polish roots. He grew up in Haßloch (Rhineland-Palatinate) and had his first 
Piano lessons  at the age of six,  also he  learnt to play  the French Horn  and the 
Organ. At the age of 14,  he wrote his  first compositions  and was  awarded the 
Promotional Award by the German Composers Society. He studied in Frankfurt, 
Munich, Leipzig and Weimar composition  (with Hans Zender, Hans-Jürgen von 
Bose and Reinhard Pfundt), orchestral conducting (with Gert Bahner and Gunter 
Kahlert),  piano  (with Hanns-Martin Schreiber) and music  theory  (with Gesine 
Schroeder). His rich repertory as a pianist includes the most notable works by his 
favourite  composers  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy   and  Sergei  Rachmaninoff. 
Since 2010, he has been passionately  involved in various  teaching positions as a 
lecturer for  music theory  at the  University of Music and Theatre Leipzig,  as an 
assistant professor for score playing  and piano accompanimant at the University 
of Music  „Franz Liszt“  Weimar  as well as  a visiting  professor  for piano at the 
University of Music of  Venice (Itlay). 2014  he was  the artist  in residence of the 
Cantiere Internazionale  d’Arte
  in  Montepulciano,  a festival which  was founded by 
Hans  Werner  Henze.   For  the  new  staging  of   J.  W. Goethe’s  Faust  at  the 
Thuringian State Theatre Rudolstadt he created 2015 a new symphonic stage music 
for soloists, choir and orchestra.  In occasion of the  Liszt-year 2011 he wrote the 
orchestra paraphrase La Chapelle de
François Liszt, commissioned by the Thuringen 
Symphony Orchestra. 

Hannes Pohlit’s  compositions  are published  in the  Friedrich  Hofmeister  Music 
Publisher   (Leipzig),   including    Il   Vento    für  large  orchestra,  the  piano  trio 
Les Lumières de la Nuit
, the violin concerto Humanité as well as his twelve Paraphrases 
de Tango
for solo piano, which continue with the tradition of the virtuoso paraphrase 
by Franz Liszt.  A portrait  about him was produced and broadcasted  by the  SWR 
in 2019. In 2021 he produced his  Debut  Solo  albums with the classical music label 
querstand
and played on the Blüthner Grand Piano which is his favourite piano.  

Kurzbiografie (deutsch):

Hannes Pohlit (* 1976  in  Heidelberg) ist  Pianist und  Komponist  mit  polnischen 
Wurzelnund lebt in Leipzig. Aufgewachsen in Rheinland-Pfalz  erhielt er seinen ersten
Klavierunterricht  im Alter von  sechs Jahren und  erlernte außerdem die  Instrumente 
Horn und  Orgel.  Mit 14 Jahren schrieb  er seine  ersten Kompositionen  und  wurde 
zwei  Jahre  später   mit  dem   Förderpreis  des  Deutschen  Komponistenverbandes 
ausgezeichnet.  Nach dem Abitur studierte er in  Frankfurt/Main,  München,  Leipzig 
und  Weimar  Komposition  (Hans Zender, Hans-Jürgen von Bose, Reinhard Pfundt), 
Dirigieren  (Gert Bahner,   Gunter  Kahlert),  Klavier  (Hanns-Martin Schreiber)  und 
Musiktheorie (Gesine Schröder). Den Schwerpunkt seines reichen Repertoires bilden
das Klavierwerk von  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy  und  Sergej Rachmaninoff.  Seine
umfangreiche  Lehrtätigkeit  umfasst seit 2010  Lehraufträge  für Musiktheorie an der 
Hochschule  für  Musik  und  Theater Leipzig,  eine  Festanstellung als  Künstlerischer 
Mitarbeiter für Partiturspiel und  Korrepetition  an der Hochschule für  Musik Weimar 
sowie eine  Einladung  als  Gastprofessor  für  Klavier an die Hochschule für Musik in 
Venedig (Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello). 2014 war er Artist in residence 
des von Hans Werner Henze gegründeten Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte in Montepulciano. 
Für die  Neuinszenierung von  Goethes Faust am  Thüringer Landestheater  Rudolstadt 
2015 schuf er eine neue  Schauspielmusik für  Soli, Chor und Orchester,  zum Liszt-Jahr 
2011 für die Thüringer  Symphoniker die  Orchesterparaphrase  La Chapelle de François 
Liszt
. Seine Kompositionen erscheinen seit 2013 im Friedrich Hofmeister Musikverlag, 
darunter  Il Vento  für  großes  Orchester, das  Klaviertrio  Les Lumières de la Nuit,   das 
Violinkonzert  Humanité  sowie  zwölf   Paraphrases  de  Tango für  Klavier solo,  die  die 
Lisztsche Kunst  der virtuosen Paraphrase fortsetzen. 2019 produzierte der SWR  eine
 Porträtsendung  über   ihn  in  der  Reihe  Treffpunkt  Klassik  extra.  Im  Herbst   2021 
erscheinen  gefördert durch  die   Medienstiftung der Sparkasse Leipzig   als   Debüt 
seine Solo-Alben  "The  Hour of Spirits" und "Paraphrases de Tango" im  Klassiklabel 
querstand, eingespielt am Blüthner - Konzertflügel, dessen warmen  und  gesanglichen
Klang Hannes Pohlit besonders schätzt. . 

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Detailed biography:

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 learning 
to play piano, organ and french horn; first compositions at the age of 14, 
private lessons with Róbert Wittinger (b. 1945), who encouraged him early 
to write symphonic works. Promotional award of the German Composers' 
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, 1930-2019) 
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 elegance 
of Chopin and brillancy of Czerny" (Press Review in "Die Rheinpfalz").
As a pianist, he is a Blüthner Artist and his compositions are published 
exclusively in the Friedrich Hofmeister Music Publisher 
(Friedrich Hofmeister Musikverlag Leipzig).

His first "new" orchestra works were performed by the Philharmonic Gotha-
Suhl (2009) and the Thuringia Symphony Orchestra Saalfeld-Rudolstadt 
(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 was founded 
and supported by Hans Werner Henze (1926-2012), with world premieres of his 
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 for 
a new stage music to J. W. Goethe's "Faust I" for solo voices, choir and 
orchestra. This production was performed from 2015 till 2018 in several cities 
with 36 performances and has been well recognized in the press across Germany.
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, Stefan 
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.
 

2009-2021 by Hannes Pohlit