Jóhann Kristinsson began his vocal studies with Bergþór Pálsson in Iceland in 2009. From 2015-2017, he studied at the „Hanns Eisler” School of Music in Berlin with Scot Weir and received lessons from Thomas Quasthoff, Julia Varady and Wolfram Rieger. He has also received guidance from Thomas Hampson, Graham Johnson, Helmut Deutsch, Christian Gerhaher, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Deborah Polaski and Giacomo Aragall among others. 

From 2017-2019, he was a member of the young artist programme at the Hamburg State Opera. 


Jóhann won the prestigious Stella Maris Vocal Competition in September 2019 and received the Jury Award from Wiener Musikverein. He also won the third prize and audience prize at the International Vocal Competition "Das Lied" in Heidelberg and reached the finals in the Robert Schumann Competition. He received the Icelandic Music Awards in 2018 in the category “Most Promising Young Artist”. He was also nominated in two other categories, “Singer of the Year” and “Musical Event of the Year”, for a song recital he gave with pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz.


Jóhann has appeared at the Heidelberger Frühling festival, the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Dresden Music Festival, at the Hamburg State Opera, in the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, in the Elbphilharmonie and at the Icelandic Opera. He has worked with front rank conductors including Herbert Blomstedt, Kent Nagano, Toshiyuki Kamioka, Stefano Ranzani and Giampaolo Bisanti.

The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bamberger Symphoniker, The Copenhagen Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Halle and Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg are among the symphony orchestras he has performed with.