Vita English

Vita English

For flautist, pedagogue, music therapist, and social entrepreneur Johanna-Leonore Dahlhoff it is a special priority to combine her artistic output with social engagements.

Since 2016 she is the leader and artistic director of „Bridges – Musik verbindet“, an intercultural music and social business start-up in Frankfurt/Germany, which connects professional musicians with and without refugee or migration background and musical styles from all over and which has raised to nation wide awareness, respect and role model character in Germany.

Additional to her leading position at Bridges – Musik verbindet Johanna lives and works as a freelance musician and music therapist in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. She focuses on cross-genre music projects, contemporary music, improvisation and composition. Her compositions often feature lyrics of female writers and explore themes such as freedom, cultural and gender aspects and love.

Johanna-Leonore Dahlhoff studied flute with Prof. Hans-Udo Heinzmann at Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg and graduated at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, where she studied with Prof. Andrea Lieberknecht. She finished her Masters in Musiktherapie at the University of the Arts in Berlin and graduated from an advanced training in trauma music therapy at Freies Musikzentrum München.

She is first prize winner of the German national competition „Jugend musiziert“ as well as the Elise-Meyer competition in Hamburg and has toured widely in most EU countries as well as in Brazil, Japan, Madagascar, Mauritius, Russia, Switzerland and the USA.

Johanna-Leonore Dahlhoff was member of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO), the Schleswig-Holstein Musik-Festival Orchester, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra Sapporo (Japan), principal flutist of the German National Academic Foundation Academy Orchestra and substitute at KlangVerwaltung (München) and Stadttheater Hildesheim. She worked with conductors and soloists such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Bernhard Haitink, Lorin Maazel, Helene Grimaud, Thomas Hampson, Viktoria Mullova and Mikhail Pletnev.

She has participated in music educational projects in Mauritius,  Madagascar and Argentina where she has given concerts, and taught children from underprivileged backgrounds, as well as given master classes to music teachers. She also participated in the first Crescendo Summer Institute South Africa in 2016.

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