In spite of his youth, Johannes Zeinler has already become a much-requested artist. That is thanks to his absolute victory at the International Organ Competition in St. Albans (England, 2015) and the prestigious “Grand Prix” award from Chartres (France, 2018). Apart from that, he is a laureate of international competitions in Wiesbaden, Kitzbuhel (2012) and Lichtenstein (2013). He was born in Tulln an der Donau near Vienna. He studied the organ at the Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna under K. Kuchling and P. D. Peretti, the piano under Ch. Karajev and church music, too. Further studies led him to Toulouse where he discovered the beauty of French organ literature. He also studied the harpsichord under Y. Bouvard. At present, he is a student of claviorganum, harpsichord and clavichord (under M. van Delft) at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Hamburg. There he also extends his knowledge of early music under W. Zerer. This study programme also provides further studies of improvisation (under T. Jellema) and of harpsichord (under J. Hofmann) in cooperation with the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen (Netherlands). He has been broadening his music education by taking part in numerous masterclasses led by eminent organists. His rich concert career has led him to the most significant festivals all around Europe, Canada and Russia. He has produced radio and TV recordings. He also maintains engagements as a church organist, e.g. in an Imperial Court Chapel (Hofburgkapelle) in Vienna.
The St. James´s organ is the largest organ in Prague and second largest in the Czech Republic. The two-manual organ with a pedal keyboard and 26 stops was completed in 1705 by Abraham Stark of Loket.
The organ´s case, which is still admired today, was quite unique in its time. So far the latest major reconstruction was carried out between 1981 and 1982 by "Varhany Krnov" (Rieger-Kloss). At present the organ has four manuals, 91 speaking stops and 8,277 pipes.