Delight among the horn section of the Berliner Philharmoniker: with Johannes Lamotke, the musicians will soon have a new colleague. The principal horn of the Komische Oper won the audition for the position of high horn on 7 November. Born in Cologne in 1985, he was a junior student under Sibylle Mahni-Haas in Frankfurt before studying under Friedrich Dallmann in Berlin, Thomas Hauschild in Leipzig and Paul van Zelm in Cologne. Winner of the national “Jugend Musiziert” competition and the International Horn Competition in Békés, Johannes Lamotke also attended several masterclasses held by Ferenc Tarjani, Palma Szyilagy and Christian Lampert, among others.
After a scholarship at the orchestra academy of the Staatsorchester Kassel, the horn player began his career as an orchestra musician with the Bremer Philharmoniker, before moving to the Komische Oper Berlin as principal horn in September 2014. Work as an extra took him to the WDR Sinfonieorchester, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Bayerische Staatsorchester.