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Gareth Johnson, violin


Gareth Johnson, violinPerforms on Beethoven & Blue Jeans,  April 13 & 15, 2019

Gareth travels the world as a soloist, master teacher, and educator; and is a dedicated composer and arranger of Contemporary, Classical, New Age, and Hip Hop music. For 2 years Gareth served as Artist-in-Residence and Distinguished Lecturer at Albany State University and has now opened a private strings studio in Lake Worth, Florida. He also directs strings programs in 2 schools throughout Palm Beach County. In addition, he is the founder and director of The Parlor Series, a concert series in Lake Worth, Florida devoted to developing and showcasing both world-class and local artistic talent. Gareth performs for major market international corporate events as an electric violinist and loop pedal master as well. As a soloist he has performed and held residencies with numerous orchestras in the United States including Hartford, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Atlanta, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Boston Pops, Baltimore, Annapolis, Detroit, Memphis; and has had several performances in Carnegie Hall. In the past 5 years Gareth has taught and performed in South Africa: Johannesburg and Durban as well as Europe: England and the Netherlands. He adds these experiences to past tours in Asia, specifically China, Taiwan and the Republic of Hong Kong, Central America: El Salvador and Europe: Germany and Austria. Gareth has performed with Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and several other world renowned string players.

The New York Times proclaimed that Gareth at the age of sixteen “...possesses prodigious musical gifts- like Joshua Bell or Maxim Vengerov...he dominates the stage.”

The Washington Post…“He showed himself to be a confident soloist who combines sensitive control of the bow with right-on intonation and nicely detailed phrasing.”

The Naples News…”Not since the teenaged Joshua Bell first captivated concert-goers with his remarkable talents have we been privileged to hear such a gifted young violinist.”

Having won numerous competitions and prizes throughout the United States and Europe, Gareth is the 2002 junior winner and the 2010 senior winner of the International Sphinx competition. He most recently won the International Career and Business Alliance (ICABA) Salute to Living Black History Makers Award for 2016. Gareth holds a masters degree from the Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida.

Gareth plays on an 1840 J.B. Vuillaume violin.

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