Cellist in the Spokane Symphony, Johannes Kleinmann is a native of Germany. He finished his undergraduate degrees in cello performance and cello pedagogy at the Musikhochschule Freiburg, studying with Adriana Contino. Additionally, he holds a Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University where he studied with Dennis Parker, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas, where he was awarded a teaching fellowship and studied with Eugene Osadchy.
Previously he has been principal cellist of both the San Angelo Symphony and the Opera in the Ozarks festival orchestra. Other orchestras he performed in include the Baton Rouge Symphony, Plano Symphony and Irving Symphony. He has been a cello instructor at the Texas school districts of Plano, Flower Mound and Denton.
Being an active performer and teacher, he is currently on the faculty of Holy Names Music Center, is a cellist in Yakima Symphony and has a private cello studio in Spokane.
About Johannes Kleinmann:
With the Symphony since: 2011
Hometown: Senden, Germany
Schools attended: Hochschule für Musik Freiburg (Germany), Louisiana State University, University of North Texas
I first started to play music when: I was 4 years old
Musical inspirations: Jacqueline du Pré
Favorite Composers: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Richard Strauss
Favorite works featuring my instrument: Dvořák Cello Concerto, Schubert String Quintet
Books I like: Bible, works by Goethe and Shakespeare, Jakobus Nimmersatt
Favorite performers: Fritz Kreisler, Yefim Bronfman, Jascha Heifetz, Gil Shaham
Favorite things to do in Spokane: Enjoying different parks such as Riverside State Park, Manito Park and Riverfront Park