Johannes Harneit has received numerous composition commissions from the Hamburg State Opera, the Frankfurt Alte Oper and the Ensemble Scharoun, among other institutions, and invitations to Zurich, Basle and Berlin. Producers such as Herbert Wernicke, Christoph Marthaler and Anna Viebrock collaborated with Harneit in the border-area of new music theatre. Amongst his works are the Violin Concerto (premiere 2000, dedicated to Christian Tetzlaff), the chamber opera “idiot” (premiere Theatre Basle 2001), the opera “The Judgement Day Is Now” (premiere Hanover 2003) and the orchestral work “Schwingen” (premiere Montepulciano 2003).
Moreover, Johannes Harneit has been music director of the Leipzig Sinfonietta since autumn 2003. Harneit conducted Luigi Nono’s opera “Unter der großen Sonne von Liebe beladen” (Burdened with Love under the Great Sun) at the Hanover State Opera (producer: Peter Konwitschny) which was singled out by Opernwelt (Opera World) as the best performance of the year 2004. In 2005 the premiere of Hans-Joachim Hespos’s “iOPAL,” also under his direction, received the same award from Opernwelt.
The Stuttgart Philharmonic will be presenting the world premiere of the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in April 2006 and in May 2006 Johannes Harneit will make his debut with Ensemble Modern. At this year’s Beethoven Festival in Bonn, moreover, his Beethoven Sketches will receive their premiere; they will be staged by Anna Viebrock at the Stuttgart State Opera during the 2007/08 season.
During the same season there he will be in charge of the musical direction of Paul Dessau’s opera “Lancelot,” produced by Peter Konwitschny.