Jānis Pēlmanis was born in Riga, Latvia. He began his musical education at the early age of 7 at the Riga Dome Choir School (Rīgas Doma kora skola) in Riga, Latvia. Afterwards he studied Choir Conducting and additionally Organ at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music (Jāzepa Vītola Latvijas Mūzikas akadēmija) in Riga, Latvia and the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, Germany, as Erasmus student. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Choir Direction with additional qualifications in pedagogy at the Latvian Academy of Music, Jānis started his Master studies in 2019 and is currently studying Choir Conducting at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, and Artistic Bachelor studies in Organ at the Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany.
Jānis has gained experience as a singer and conductor with professional and amateur Latvian and German choirs, and has been invited to lead workshops and perform premieres of contemporary compositions. He has participated in several competitions and festivals as a conductor and pianist, resulting in the award of the Professor Olgerts Ziverss Prize.
Aside from his artistic work Jānis is also a music tutor in Berlin and Potsdam.