received his artistic training at the Cologne Academy of Music (Musikhochschule Köln) and the Vienna Conservatory (Musikhochschule Wien).
After obtaining his diploma in orchestral conducting he attended master classes in orchestral conducting with Leonard Bernstein and in choral direction with Eric Ericson. His first artistic engagement in 1987 brought him to Switzerland for the first time, where he was choral director of the Lucerne Theatre. In addition he assumed the direction of various choirs at the Lucerne Conservatory and the Lucerne Community Music School.
From 1994 to 1998 Johannes Meister was appointed choral director at the Vienna State Opera. At the same time he began his regular activity as a guest conductor of German radio choruses.
Since his return to Switzerland in 1998 he has been artistic director of the Audite Nova Choir of Zug. In addition he directs the St.Johannes Church Choir, both the Concert Choir and the Vocal Ensemble of the Music School of Zug as well as the vocal ensemble Cantus Zug.
He is the principal lecturer in a Swiss study programme for choirmasters. In addition he is active on the board of the Swiss Federation Europa Cantat und is a senior examiner for the Swiss Choral Union.