Johannes Goritzki studied with Gaspar Cassadò, Andre Navarra, and Pablo Casals. Especially Cassadò became teacher and father figure at the same time and revealed the cello’s sound to the young Goritzki.
Johannes Goritzki has released over 40 CDs. One highlight in his discography is Othmar Schoeck’s cello concerto. This CD was awarded with the “Grand Prix du Disque – Discobole de L’Europe”.
Apart from the traditional repertoire of cello concertos with orchestra, solo pieces for cello (Bach, Reger, Kodaly, Veress etc.) Johannes Goritzki plays musical rarities among others together with the pianist Pavel Gililov.
From 1980 to 2003 Johannes Goritzki was principal conductor of the “Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss am Rhein”. As a soloist and conductor with this orchestra he performed and toured internationally. These concerts and tours led him to places like Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, China, Korea, France, Mexico, Poland, Rumania, Peru, Bolivia, El Salvador, Argentina, Japan, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, Italy, Spain, Guatemala, Culumbia, Costa Rica and Greece.
He has been playing recitals at “Ansbacher Bachwochen”, “Berliner Festwochen”, “Enescu Festival” in Bukarest, at “Festivales Musicales de Buenos Aires”, “Festival de L’île de France”, “Festival Gstaad”, “Festival Lockenhaus”, “Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival”, “Settimane Musicali Ascona”, “Flandern Festival” and has followed Krzysztof Penderecki’s invitation to the “Beethoven – Osterfestival” in Krakow.
In 2018 His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and the Royal College of Music London honored Johannes Goritzki as Prince Consort Professor to be a Fellow of the RCM. Johannes Goritzki plays a Matteo Gofriller cello from 1730.