Johanna Beisteiner

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Johanna Beisteiner
Beisteiner Johanna Live in Budapest 24-10-2009 Foto culturawiki.JPG
Johanna Beisteiner live with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, 2009
Background information
Born (1976-02-20) 20 February 1976 (age 42)
Wiener Neustadt
GenresClassical music, Film music
Years activefl. ca. 1992 - present
LabelsGramy Records
Johanna Beisteiner (left) receiving the Premio Teatro della Concordia 2016 from Edoardo Brenci (President of the Società del Teatro della Concordia, right).
The Austrian classical guitarist Johanna Beisteiner (middle) in the workshop of Spanish luthiers Paulino Bernabe Senior (right) and Junior (left). Madrid (Spain), October 2000

Johanna Beisteiner (born 20 February 1976) is an Austrian classical guitarist.[1]


Johanna Beisteiner received her first guitar lessons at the age of nine at the Josef Matthias Hauer music school in her hometown Wiener Neustadt. In 1992, when only sixteen years of age, she became a student at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, from where she graduated as a concert guitarist as well as a Doctor of philosophy with a PhD Thesis on Art music in figure skating, synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics.[2]
Johanna Beisteiner is an internationally active guitar soloist, her repertoire contains music from the 15th to the 20th century as well as contemporary classical music. Inter alia she played several world premieres of works by the composers Robert Gulya, Reuben Pace and Eduard Shafransky. Moreover, she worked with known orchestras such as the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Sochi Symphony Orchestra, Graz Chamber Philharmonic[3] and Budapest Strings Chamber Orchestra, renowned conductors such as Michelle Castelletti, Béla Drahos, Achim Holub[4] and Oleg Soldatov and the Argentine Tango dancer as well as choreographer Rafael Ramirez. In addition to her numerous recordings for Gramy Records, she also appeared in television and radio productions for RAI 3 (Italy), Channel 4 (Russia) and Bartok Radio (Hungary) and recorded soundtracks for movies.[5] In 2012 she composed her first own piece Zemlinsky's Night on themes by Alexander von Zemlinsky. With the Austrian actress Heidrun Samstag she presents since 2013 the literary-music evening Farkas discovers America dedicated to Karl Farkas.[6]
In 2017 Beisteiner was invited by the Valletta International Baroque Festival to give concerts at Manoel Theatre as well as National Library of Malta.[7][8]

Johanna Beisteiner plays on classical Spanish guitars made by Paulino Bernabe Senior and Junior.

Honours and awards[edit]

World premieres[edit]

Works by Robert Gulya[edit]

  • 2000: Fairy Dance for guitar solo
  • 2006: Capriccio for guitar and piano
  • 2007: Night Sky Preludes for guitar solo
  • 2009: Concert for guitar and orchestra. Sample of first movement performed live in 2009 by Johanna Beisteiner and the Budapest Symphony Orchestra conducted by Béla Drahos (Video published in 2010 by Gramy Records).
  • 2009: The Milonguero and the Muse (Tango), second version for flute, guitar and string orchestra. Sample of this tango performed live in 2009 by Béla Drahos, Johanna Beisteiner and the Budapest Symphony Orchestra (Video published in 2010 by Gramy Records)
  • 2010: Waltz for guitar solo
  • 2013: Nutcracker Variations for guitar and string orchestra

Works by Reuben Pace[edit]

  • 2017: Concertino for guitar, harpsichord and orchestra

Works by Eduard Shafransky[edit]

  • 2004: Requiem for guitar
  • 2007: Caravaggio oggi or Reflections on a painting by Caravaggio. Sample (Video published in 2010 by Gramy Records)
  • 2007: Night in Granada
  • 2009: Old quarters of Alanya
  • 2009: Songs of breakers



  • 2001: Dance Fantasy
  • 2002: Salon
  • 2004: Between present and past
  • 2007: Virtuosi italiani della chitarra romantica
  • 2012: Austrian Rhapsody
  • 2016: Don Quijote


  • 2010: Live in Budapest



  • Art music in figure skating, synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics / Kunstmusik in Eiskunstlauf, Synchronschwimmen und rhythmischer Gymnastik. PhD thesis by Johanna Beisteiner, Vienna 2005, (German). The PhD thesis contains, inter alia, an analysis of the film Carmen on Ice (Chapter II/2, pages 105-162) as well as extensive descriptions of several competitive and show programs to Carmen and Swan lake. Article about the PhD thesis of Johanna Beisteiner in the catalogue of the Austrian Library Network. 2005. (German and English)


  1. ^ Johanna Beisteiner, Konzertgitarristin. Archived 2014-12-23 at the Wayback Machine. Biography of Johanna Beisteiner on the Website of Kultur Tirol. July 2011. (German)
  2. ^ Art music in figure skating, synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics. Archived 2012-01-12 at the Wayback Machine. Article about the PhD thesis of Johanna Beisteiner in the catalogue of the Austrian Library Network. 2005.(German and English)
  3. ^ Un Concerto Italiano. Report on Suedsteiermark-TV. August 17, 2015
  4. ^ Premiere at Italian Concert. Article on, August 17, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Biography. Archived 2012-03-28 at the Wayback Machine. Biography on the official website of Johanna Beisteiner. July 2011.
  6. ^ Karl Farkas entdeckt Amerika! Article in Bezirksblätter NÖ/Pressbaum, March 2014. (German)
  7. ^ Malta is more. Article by Bernd Hoppe on the website of Opera Lounge, Januar 2017. (German)
  8. ^ A baroque world premiere. Article by Iggy Fenech, Times of Malta, 22nd of January 2017. (English)
  9. ^ Bicentenario del Teatro della Concordia.[permanent dead link] Program of the festival on the occasion of the 200 Year Jubilee of the Teatro della Concordia. April 2008. (Italian)
  10. ^ Il Teatro della Concordia premia una chitarrista. Italian article by Simone Mazzi, September 20, 2016.
  11. ^ Truce. Article on the IMDb website. 2005
  12. ^ S.O.S. Love!. Article on the IMDb website. 2007

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