Jochen Weiss was born in Essen in 1978. He studied at the Stuttgarter Hochschule für Musik, at Guildhall School of Music and at the Musikhochschule Basel. Lessons with Klaus Schuhwerk in particular influenced his musical development. Singing and expression are the basics of his trumpet playing. Furthermore, he was advised in historic instruments at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.
He played with the London Philharmonia Orchestra, Radiosinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Kammerorchester Stuttgart, Oper Stuttgart, Basler Sinfonieorchester and others.
In 2011 he won the 1st trumpet at the Durban Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) but then played as a substitute first trumpet in Berner Sinfonieorchester. Since then he has been playing there as a substitute. As 1st trumpet he is part of the Orchestre Musique Des Lumières (former Orchestre Symphonique du Jura), the Basler Festival Orchestra and the Camerata da Vinci. He plays with the Collegium Novum Zürich, the Camerata Schweiz and the Ensemble Phoenix. Tours led him through Asia, the USA, South Africa and Europe.
Working with conductors like Pierre Boulez, Eiji Oue, Peter Eötvös, Sir Colin Davis, Vladimir Askenazy, Mario Venzago, Jonathan Stockhammer, Facundo Agudin and others inspired him.
Jochen Weiss teaches masterclasses in Germany and abroad.
He obtains his physical health by running, cycling and QiGong.