Johannes Cernota was born in 1955 in Visbek/ Northern Germany. First piano lessons at the age of 5 years. He studied at the Musikhochschule Köln and at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen in the piano soloist classes of professors Luciano Ortis, Kurt Seibert and Günter Ludwig. Further impulses from international master classes. Johannes Cernota is a successful composer, concert pianist and visual artist. Concert engagements as well as radio and television recordings, compositions, performances, sound installations and exhibitions take him home and abroad.
His CD recordings have earned Johannes Cernota international recognition. The first LP/CD “Johannes Cernota plays Erik Satie” has become the most widespread Satie recording in Germany and made Cernota one of the composer’s most sought-after interpreters. His second publication with Satie’s works, the audio and picture book “Erik Satie – Sport & Vergnügen”, was also extensively discussed and praised in the feature pages of the major daily newspapers. The recording with compositions by Charlie Chaplin “Oh! That Cello” was awarded the German Record Critics’ Prize (together with the cellist Thomas Beckmann).
Johannes Cernota’s commitment to combining the genres of music and painting became evident in his record production “Sparta”, which he simply named after his oil painting from 1986: Sparta.
In addition to his impressive piano playing, Johannes Cernota inspires the audience with his profound as well as varied and often humorous programme designs: a repertoire that goes beyond the classical repertoire, superseded, expanded or interspersed with improvisations and interdisciplinary elements.
It is simply a great pleasure to listen to this artist who, with his diverse artistic range, makes his concerts an extraordinary experience.” (Thomas Beckmann)
The artist’s live programs A SATIE evening
Erik Satie: instrumental, multimedia – sometimes bizarre, sometimes ingenious
Johannes Cernota: piano, moderation, multimedia
The artist presents the “Satiesche Work”, in which text, image and music are combined with multimedia support. Look forward to a synaesthetic pleasure: Listen to the well-known Satie, his slow, meditative piano pieces. Listen also to his situation music full of irony and folly, the pieces with the underlaid bizarre stories (with a projection like a silent movie faded in) and the amusing album “Sports et Divertissements” (also visualized by beamer).
Johannes Cernota will lead you through the evening as a moderator and wishes you lots of „Sport & Vergnügen”!
Pictures in concert
The pianist, composer and painter Johannes Cernota presents an interdisciplinary programme with works by Erik Satie, Frédéric Chopin and Johannes Cernota. Johannes Cernota introduces us to compositions by Erik Satie (1866 – 1925) in the first part of his program. The interdisciplinary cycle “Sports & Divertissements” deserves special mention here. Created in Paris in 1914, he combines the art forms of music, poetry and drawing (multimedially presented).
The most individual images and associations are created in front of the inner eye. As an intermezzo after the interlude, Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) selected piano pieces provide inspiration for this. Exciting events and lasting impressions gave him the opportunity to write these works. “Inventing painting is like inventing music.” This is the title of Johannes Cernota’s piano improvisations, which the pianist will perform in the second part of the concert after the intermission. We listen to Johannes Cernota with his own music, which is set in relation to his painting as a sound event. The images are displayed simultaneously during the concert by beamer.