Johannes Degen was born in Switzerland.
After graduating with honours, he studied with Pierre Fournier and Anner
Bylsma. As the Cellist of the Amati String Quartet (1981-1991) he studied
with the Alban Berg Quartet in Vienna and consecutively won the Premier
Grand Prix at the "Competition internationale d'Evian" France
(1982) and the "Karl Klingler Wettbewerb Muchen", Germany (1986).
The Amati Quartet has concertized in most European countries and the United
States. Their numerous recordings received prominent prizes such as the
"Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, "Choc Monde de la Musique".
As the cellist of the Pearl Trio with Bohumil Smeikal and Rumi Itoh, Johannes
Degen toured Europe and Japan annually and recorded a CD with Tschaikovsky
and Dvorak Piano Trios. His teaching activities are linked with the "Zurcher
Hochschule der Kunste "where in 1996 he became director. Parallel
to his work as director, he frequently appears as chamber musician, Jury
member of international competitions and is the author of numerous publications
of music for cello (Editions Musik Hug and Amadeus). Johannes Degen plays
a Cello (Copy of Andreas Guarnerius 1672) by Wolfgang Schnabl, built in