Joachim Schloemer initially studied architecture. After completing his studies, he worked as director of the dance department at the theaters in Ulm, Weimar and Basel. There he began to stage his first opera in the 90's. In 1999 he was recalled to the Stuttgarter Oper for the later legendary RING and his opera "Rheingold". In the same year followed his groundbreaking production "la Guerra d'amore" with René Jacobs at the Theater Basel, which combined baroque music and dance into a new form. In 2000 the production was invited to the opening of the annual Theatertreffen in Berlin.
With the beginning of his freelance work from 2001 on he was able to celebrate national and international success as an opera director. An essential part of his work is to combine music and opera with media art and across disciplines.
Particularly significant projects were u.a. "Cosi fan tutte" at the Hannover State Opera, "les larmes du Ciel" at the Lucerne Theater, a baroque music project that was presented at festivals throughout Europe, "Lost Highway" by Olga Neuwirth for the Styrian Autumn, "Fidelio" at Konzerttheater Bern, further Wagner Operas and others at the Aalto Theater Essen and at the Hanover State Opera, the Mozart Trilogy "Irrfahrten" as part of the Salzburg Festival (2006), "Die Zauberflöte" at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" as "artiste étoile" at the Lucerne Festival in 2008.
Thus Joachim Schloemer has developed over the last twenty years a repertoire of more than fifty commissioned works.
Engagements led him to the Wiener Festwochen, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Staatsoper Antwerp, the Opera Metz and the Theater Basel.
In September 2009, Joachim Schlömer took over the artistic direction of the Festspielhaus St.Pölten and led the house for four years with great success. Since 2013, Joachim Schloemer has been active in the field of opera education at the HKB Bern as well as lecturing and giving masterclasses in addition to his directing and curatorial work. Since 2017 he is co-artistic director of accomplices on Podewil, writes screenplay and develops new works.
Joachim Schloemer currently lives in Berlin and Basel / Bern.