Gareth Johnson

Violinist, Composer, Master Instructor and Arranger

Gareth Johnson


...Regarded as one of the most musical and technically superior artists of his generation; bringing to the stage the vitality, charisma and energy of a 21st century modern virtuoso!

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 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..

Concertos and Orchestral Repertoire

J.S. Bach

Barber

Beethoven

Concerto No. 1 in A, BWV 1041
Concerto No. 2 in E, BWV 1042
Concerto in D for 2 Violins BWV 1043

Violin Concerto Opus 14

Violin Concerto in D

Brahms

Bruch

Chausson

Concerto in D

Concerto No. 1 in G, Op. 26
Scottish Fantasy

Poeme

Haydn

Lalo

Mendelssohn

Concerto No. 4 in G

Violin Concerto Opus 14

Concerto in E, Op. 64

Mozart

Paganini

Prokofiev

Concerto No. 3 in G, K. 216
Concerto No. 4 in D, K. 218
Concerto No. 5 in A, K. 219

Concerto No. 1

Concerto No. 1

Ravel

Saint-Saens

Sibelius

Tzigane

Concerto No. 3 in B, Op. 61
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 14

Concerto in D, Op. 47

 Tchaikovsky

Vieuxtemps

 Vivaldi

Concerto in D, Op. 35

Concerto No. 5 in A, Op. 37

Concerto in a minor
The Four Seasons, Op. 8, Nos. 1-4

Wieniawski

Concerto No. 1
Concerto No. 2
Variations on a Theme

Show Pieces

Corrigliano

Dvorak

Ernst

The Red Violin

Romance

"The Last Rose" Variations

Heifetz

Chausson

Hubay

Transcriptions for Violin from George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”

Poème

Carmen Fantasy

Kreisler

Praeludium and Allegro, Liebesleid, Liebesfreud, Tambourin Chinnois, Caprice Viennois

Massenet

Meditation from “Thais”

Monti

Csardas

Paganini

Ravel

Saint-Saens

Caprices No. 1~24 , Nel Cor Piu Non Mi Sento

Tzigane

Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Havanaise

Saint-Saens/Ysaye

Sarasate

Schubert

Valse Caprice

Carmen Fantasy, Introduction and Tarantella , Zapateado,  Zigeunerweisen,

Rondo Brilliante

Still

Suite for Violin and Piano

Wieniawski

Legende, Original Theme with Variations, Polonaise De Concert, Opus 4, Scherzo-Tarantella

Vitalli

Ciaccona

Williams

Devil’s Dance, Schindler’s List  

Waxman/Bizet

Carmen Fantasy

Sonatas for Violin and Piano

J. S. Bach

Beethoven

Brahms

Sonata No.1
Partitas 2 and 3 for Unaccompanied Violin

Sonata No.9 in A Major
Sonata No. 5 in F Major

Sonata No. 1 in G Major
Sonata No. 3 in d minor

Mozart

Tartini (arr. Kreisler)

Ysaye

Sonata in G Major, K. 301
Sonata in E minor, K. 304
Sonata in B Flat Major, K. 4

Devil's Trill Sonata

Sonatas Nos. 2, 3, 4, and 6

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Work Experience

Artistic Director of Community Music School of Traditions Youth Orchestra (2016-2017) 
Master Instructor at Galaxy Elementary School in Boynton Beach, FL (2015-Present) 
Master Instructor at Sea Star Academy in Boca Raton, FL (2015-2016)
Master Instructor at The Ideal School in Royal Palm Beach, FL (2015-2017)
Master Instructor at Faith's Place, West Palm Beach, FL (2015-Present)
Presenter for Teacher Orientation for Strings Teachers of Palm Beach County School District (August 2015)
Member of Sphinx Symphony Orchestra (2014)
Member of Sphinx Virtuosi Tour (2013-2014)
Distinguished Guest Lecturer and Artist in Residence, Albany State University, Albany, GA (2011-2013)
Residencies and/or professional  solo performances with Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh, Battle Creek, Rochester, Atlanta, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Boston Pops, Baltimore, Annapolis, Detroit, Memphis, Albany, New World, National, Orchestra of the Triangle, Albany Georgia, Boca Philharmonia, Carnegie Hall, Interlochen, Bermuda, National Orchestra of Dominican Republic, Dubuque and others. ( 2001-2010)
Concert Master:  Chatauqua Symphony Orchestra 2008, Lynn Philharmonia 2008-2010         
Sphinx Musical Encounters: Presented outreach programs to students throughout the country in the form of talks and performances (2002-2007)
Atlanta Symphony Talent Development Program: Presented master lessons to students in the Atlanta area in connection with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Faculty for Sphinx Performance Academy, Boston Massachusetts,  July 10-July 18, 2004; Member of the “Sphinx Quartet” (the resident quartet).  Coached and taught inner city children from across the United States 
Sphinx Performance Academy Faculty Member (2003) 
 
                                                                    
Other Musical Experiences:
 
Appointed Member of the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County Board (2014-Present)
Featured Violinist in the Emmy award-winner Classical Quest (a video) concerning the Starling Chamber Orchestra of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Founding Member of the “Sphinx Quartet.” (2004-2005)
Toured Eastern China with the Starling String Orchestra in 2001
Master Lessons including Itzhak Perlman, Ida Kavafian, Elmar Oliveira
Live Broadcasting in all 50 states
WXEL, St. Louis KFUO Classic 99.1, NBC Show me St. Louis, Detroit Fox 2 News, Memphis Tennessee’s Fox News, WXEL TV’s Great Performance – The Art of the Violin Documentary, etc.
 
 
Summer Studies:
 
Aspen Music Festival and School (1999)
Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory
The International School of Music in Toronto Canada
The St. Louis Symphony School of Music
Weathersfield Summer Music
Enore (2002)
Lucerne (2002)
Bowdoin International Music Festival Brunswick Me (2004)

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