Johanna Burnheart

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Jazz violinist/singer based in London but also comfortable with playing any other genres to make your event as special as possible!
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Johanna Burnheart is a German violinist, singer and composer. After studying classical violin, piano and voice during childhood, Johanna’s musical focus developed into jazz. Rather than following the path expected of a classical violinist, she chose instead to pursue the music that was her passion. The violin is still a rare instrument in the jazz world, so Johanna finds herself within a niche of a niche. Her playing does not reflect the traditional approach to jazz violin made famous by players such as Stéphane Grapelli or Stuff Smith but is rather inspired by the horn giants of the modal jazz genre. Much of her life has been spent absorbed in the Berlin sound of the techno & house scene resulting in this certain influence permeating her compositions. Johanna’s work exists at the point where modal jazz and techno meet. This is an ever developing venture as technology allows the acoustic sound of the violin to come alive electronically without compromises. Inspired by a diverse spectrum of teachers and influences, Johanna’s education has been multifaceted. From early beginnings at a music school in Northern Germany to becoming a “Specialist Musician” at the prestigious Wells Cathedral School, Johanna went on to participate in summer jazz programmes at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Dublin and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. This total immersion into jazz at this point provided the impetus for her to change genres definitively. Upon this new path, Johanna spent two years in Berlin studying with some of Germany’s most renowned jazz musicians, with monthly trips to Paris for lessons with Didier Lockwood at his jazz school. Her love for the Berlin clubs and the music they represent was manifested during this time, forming the foundation of her current musical style. In 2013, she enrolled at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London as the first jazz violin undergraduate student of the school and graduated in 2017 with a Fellowship year to follow. Notable performances since her move to the UK were the Women’s Day concert with Tomorrow’s Warriors “Nu Civilisation Orchestra” debuting Yazz Ahmed’s Polyhymnia suite at Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2015, playing support for Pharaoh Sanders at Ronnie Scott’s with Rosie Turton in 2018 and a tribute show to the Blue Note Label at Queen Elizabeth Hall for the EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 in collaboration with Total Refreshment Centre. As well as being a regular member of Rosie Turton’s band, Johanna joined the up and coming London Garage Orchestra in 2019 and toured UK festivals with both projects that year including Glastonbury Festival, Boomtown Fair, Love Supreme, Jazz Re:Fest and Brainchild. Since forming her own band “Burnheart” at the end of 2018, Johanna has performed at jazz re:freshed, Spice of Life, Jazz in the Round and the Jazz Café with this project; the latter being an event presented by jazz re:freshed called “The Sounds of 2020”. The “Burnheart” debut album was released on Ropeadope Records in October 2020.

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Johanna's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Encore Customer
8 years ago
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5 out of 5

Very good, professional violinist. She did turn up when she said she would :-) Overall very pleased with both performance and attitude.

From other customers:

David G
8 years ago

Very good, professional violinist

Juno R
5 years ago

wild and free solos

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Johanna's Song list

Jazz Standards & Pop:
Adam's Apple - Wayne Shorter
Ain't She Sweet
All Blues
All by myself
All Of Me
All the things you are
Alone Together
A small day
As by Stevie Wonder
At Last
Autumn in New York
Autumn Leaves
Beautiful Love
Beyond The Sea
Birk's Works
Black Coffee
Blue Bossa
Blue in Green
Blue Moon
Blue Monk
Body and Soul
But Beautiful
Butterfly - Herbie Hancock
But Not For Me by G. Gershwin
Bye Bye Blackbird
Can't Help Loving Dat Man
Cantaloupe Island
Chapel of Love
Cheek to Cheek
Creole Love Call
Dark Eyes
Darn That Dream
Days Of Wine And Roses
Donna Lee
Don't Explain
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Douce Ambience
Easy to Love
End Of A Love Affair
Falling in Love again
Feliz Navidad
Fine and Mellow
Fly Me To The Moon
Four On Six
Freddie Freeloader
Georgia on my mind
Get Happy
Get Out Of Town
God Bless The Child
Have You Met Miss Jones
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
Heatwave by Irving Berlin
Here's That Rainy Day
Here's To Life
Honeysuckle Rose
How Deep Is The Ocean
How High The Moon
How Insensitive
I can't get started with you
I didn’t know what time it was
I Fall in Love Too Easily
I Get A Kick Out Of You
I Love You
I Mean You
I Only Have Eyes For You
I Thought About You
I Wish by Stevie Wonder
I’m glad there is you
If you never come to me
It don’t mean a thing
I’ve got the world on a string
Just the way you are by Billy Joel
Let’s Do it (Let’s Fall in Love)
Like Someone in Love
Lullaby of Birdland
Make Someone Happy
The Man that Got Away by Judy Garland
Minor Swing
My Cherie Amour by Stevie Wonder
My heart belongs to Daddy
My Love is Your Love by Whitney Houston
Night and Day
No Moon at all
No More Blues
On the sunny side of the street
Part Time Lover by Stevie Wonder
Purple Rain by Prince
Satin Doll
The Shadow of Your Smile
This Will Be
Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
Something Cool as performed by June Christy
Speak Low
Spring is Here
Stella by Starlight
The Way You Look Tonight
This Will Be by Natalie Cole
Umbrella by Rihanna
Until the real thing comes along
What a difference a day made
What is this thing called Love
Wicked Game by Chris Isaac
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
You’ve changed
You go to my head
and many more as well as popular Soul songs on demand.
Classical Repertoire:
The Red Violin by John Corigliano
Bach Partita in D Minor Sarabande
Bach Partita No. 3 in E Major
Messiaen Théme et Variations
Bartok Roumanian Folk Dances
Beethoven Romances
Beethoven Sonata F Major op.24 (Spring)
Brahms Scherzo in C-Minor
Brahms Sonata in d-minor
Arcangelo Corelli La Follia
Arcangelo Corelli Sonata I
Claude Debussy Sonata G-minor
Manuel de Falla Suite Populaire Espagnole
Vitali Chaconne in G-Minor
Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin
Preludes by George Gershwin
Händel Sonata A-Major
Händel Sonata F-Major
Händel Sonatas I-III
Händel-Halvorsen Passacaglia (duet)
Janschinow Concertino in Russian Style
V. Monti Czardas
Mozart Sonata C-Major
Mozart Sonatina I Viennese Sonatas
Mozart Violin Concerto D Major
Svendsen Romanze
Vivaldi G Major Violin Concerto
Vivaldi Winter from 4 Seasons
Vivaldi Sonata in Gminor
Vivaldi Sonata in A- Major
Vivaldi Sonata in D-Minor
Wieniawski Polonaise Brilliante
Ladies in Lavender by Nigel Hess

Johanna's Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£120
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.


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Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

I have the option of playing solo, duo, trio, quartet or quintet with any of the following: singer, guitarist, bassist, pianist/keys, DJ, drums, percussion, trombone, saxophone and more classic strings.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I'm happy to adapt within reason and am always aware that events such as weddings can go differently as planned. As long as my time commitment is respected and there are provisions that can be made anything can be sorted in my opinion.

How much time do you need to set up?

Depending on how much equipment I need to bring between 20-40 minutes.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

I'm happy to chat through any specific pieces you might want and add them to my performance beforehand.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes I do. Whether it's all acoustic or with electronics, I have it covered.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes I'm happy to learn specific pieces, however, if they require a lot of preparation and therefore working hours before the event I might have to adapt my fee slightly to cover the work.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I have a unique approach to jazz and improvisation and understand the atmosphere of an event very well.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Poplar Union, Cheltenham Festival, British Embassy in Guangzhou - China, Glastonbury Festival Truth Stage, La Seine Musicale in Paris, Festsaal Kreuzberg in Berlin, Sisyphos in Berlin, Privatclub in Berlin, Monarch in Berlin and many more.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Jascha Heifetz, Zbigniew Seifert, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Charlie Mingus, Henrik Schwarz and so many more.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Susheela Raman Ghost Gamelan at the Royal Festival Hall in 2018.
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Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Arranger, Composer, Songwriter, Producer, Transcription, Actor, Accompanist, Live looping, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Composition teaching
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