Johannes Hustedt studied music education and flute in Bremen with Renate Ruge-von Rohden and in Karlsruhe with Renate Greiss-Armin, graduating in 1990 with honors. Master classes with Aurèle Nicolet, Alain Marion, Paul Meisen, and András Adorján advanced his studies. Deeply involved in musical-cultural exchange, he performs worldwide as a soloist and chamber music partner in addition to world premieres and radio and television recordings. His playing is inspired by his engagement with music from all cultures, especially Asia, South America, and Eastern Europe. Projects in historical performance practice with the flute; interdisciplinary dance, music and drama projects; and border crossings between improvisation and composition enrich his artistic expression.
Johannes Hustedt is a guest of renowned music festivals, including the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival; Hohenlohe Cultural Summer; Music Festival Frankfurt / Oder; Center for the Promotion of Contemporary Music Festival at the Fine Arts Circle, Madrid; ProBaltica Music and Art Festival, Warsaw; Thomas Mann Festival in Nida, Lithuania; GAIDA New Music Festival Vilnius; in addition to the New Opera Toronto; California State University, Los Angeles; and in New York City. His internationally acclaimed CDs have been released on the Koch International, RBM, Animato/ Harmonia Mundi, SwissPan, Guild Music and Sargasso labels.
As part of his diverse solo career, performs with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra of Vilnius, the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim. Johannes Hustedt was a founding member of the gamelan orchestra of the Overseas Museum in Bremen, Baltic States artistic director for Hermann Hesse Year 2002 at Calw, southern Germany, and cultural ambassador of the state of Baden-Württemberg for German-Canadian cultural exchange in 2006.
Since 1990, Johannes Hustedt has taught at the University of Music Karlsruhe and is an internationally popular guest lecturer at the Hindemith Music Centre in Blonay, Switzerland; University of Arts Bremen; and universities in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador da Bahia, and Los Angeles as well as the national music academies of Kiev and Vilnius. In addition, from 1996 to 2005, he taught at the Music Academy of the City of Basel. He is author of academic research focusing on music of the Baltic region and composers at the court of Mannheim in addition to topics relating to didactic methods.
In 2006, with his wife, the artist Chai Min Werner, he founded the Kunsthaus Durlach, aiming to make spirituality, music and visual art directly tangible. Johannes Hustedt is deputy chairman of the board of the Baden-Württemberg Musicians Association. From 2013 to 2019, he was chairperson of the Karlsruhe Regional Association.