Johannes Meissl is professor for string chamber music and vice director of the Joseph Haydn Institut for Chamber Music at Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts. Artistic director of isa (International Summer Academy Prague-Vienna-Budapest), he also gives masterclasses at numerous renowned schools and summer academies such as CNSM Paris, Guildhall School of Music and Drama London, Tokyo Geidai and Casals Festival Prades, to name a few.
Born in Austria, J. Meissl studied at A. Bruckner-Conservatory Linz ( violin and composition ) and at the Academy of Music in Vienna with W. Schneiderhan and G. Hetzel and got strong artistic impulses by Hatto Beyerle. He graduated with distinction and special award. In 1982 he joined the Artis Quartet.
As a member of this ensemble he took the opportunity for further studies with the LaSalle Quartet in the USA. After several prizes at international competitions the quartet became a regular at the world’s most important music centres and festivals from New York to Tokyo.
Numerous prizes for more than 30 recordings (such as Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or, Deutscher Schallplattenpreis Echo etc.), and the “Artis series” at the Gesellschaft d. Musikfreunde in Vienna, now running its 19th season, also prove the international position of the quartet.
Beside the quartet work J. Meissl appears in recitals and as a soloist as well as at numerous chamber music festivals.
J. Meissl is co-initiator of numerous international projects in the field of chamber music and shares with Hatto Beyerle the function of artistic director of ECMA (European Chamber Music Academy).
Having done regular coaching with several orchestras and youth orchestras for many years he has recently sucessfully taken up conducting.