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. 

After reaching the finals in the Robert Schumann competition in Zwickau in 2016, he went on to win "Third Prize" and the "Audience Prize" at the International Vocal Competition "Das Lied" in Heidelberg the following year.​ Jóhann has appeared at the Heidelberger Frühling festival, Oxford Lieder festival, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, at the Hamburg State Opera and at the Icelandic Opera. Herbert Blomstedt, Kent Nagano, Pier Giorgio Morandi and Stefano Ranzani are among conductors he has worked with.


In 2018, he received the Icelandic Music Awards 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 won the prestigious Stella Maris Vocal Competition in September 2019 and he also received a Jury Award from Wiener Musikverein.

This season, Jóhann will appear with the "NDR Orchestra", the "BRSO Orchestra" and the "La Scala Chamber Orchestra" among others. He will also appear at the Hamburg State Opera in "Madama Butterfly", "La Traviata" and in the modern opera "IchundIch" by Johannes Harneit.