Johannes Fritzsch

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Johannes Fritzsch

Adjunct Professor
Music | School of Creative Arts

Conservatorium of Music, Hobart CBD Campuses

In January 2015, Johannes joined the University of Tasmania as Adjunct Professor, Conservatorium of Music, Tasmanian College of the Arts.

In April 2017 the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra announced that Johannes has been appointed as the TSO's first ever Principal Guest Conductor as of January 2018.

From 2006 – 2013 he was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Oper Graz, Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester (Austria). Prior to his appointment in Graz, Johannes held the position of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Staatsoper Nürnberg.

From 1993 until 1999, he was Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Städtische Bühnen and the Philharmonic Orchestra in Freiburg, enjoying widespread acclaim.


Johannes was born in 1960 in Meissen, near Dresden, Germany, where he completed his musical education. He has conducted many great orchestras, both within Germany and internationally. These include: Hamburger Sinfoniker, Düsseldorfer Sinfoniker, Philharmonie Essen, Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim, Staatskapelle Schwerin, Berliner Sinfonie Orchester, Staatskapelle Dresden, NorddeutschePhilharmonie Rostock, Staatsorchester Halle, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique Strassbourg, the Orchestre National de Montpellier, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and in Australia the SSO, MSO, ASO, TSO, QSO, WASO and OV.

Fritzsch married Australian violinist Dr Susan Collins in 1999 and the family moved to Hobart in 2014 when his wife took up the role of Coordinator of Strings and Orchestral Music at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania.

Career summary


In December 2014 Johannes was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music from the University of Queensland.


Professional practice

Opera Companies with which he has worked include: Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Opernhaus Köln, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, OperaBastille Paris, the Royal Opera Stockholm, Malmö Operan and Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne (including Hansel and Gretel, Wozzeck, Magic Flute, Tales of Hofmann, Lohengrin, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Tosca, Rigoletto, Der Rosenkavalier, Salome) and Opera Queensland.


Teaching expertise

Over the past fifteen years Johannes has given many Master classes for the German conductor training and development organisation, Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrates. Similarly, he has been active and enthusiastic in his involvement in Australia's Symphony International Conductor Development Program.

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Fields of Research

  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology (190409)

Research Objectives

  • Music (950101)


Total publications


Other Creative Work

(1 outputs)
2015Collins S, Fritzsch J, 'Baroque Treasures recital: Locatelli Sonata Op 8 No. 4 manuscript realisation', University of Tasmania Conservatorium Recital Hall, Hobart (2015) [Performance Practice]

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