NWS Fellow Blake-Anthony Johnson demonstrates a cello excerpt from the first movement of Dvorak's 8th Symphony, for New World's 2018 Side by Side auditions.
SYMPHONY NO. 8 IN G MAJOR, OP. 88 ("ENGLISH")
Recorded Date: 22-01-2018
Blake-Anthony Johnson, a native of Atlanta, is a first-year Cello Fellow at the New World Symphony. When not performing, he splits his time between arts administration, and his hobbies of cooking, hosting dinner parties and running. His multifaceted career has included work as a performer, collaborator, recording artist and educator. Self-taught until the age of 18, Mr. Johnson has developed a diverse professional career as a guest principal cellist, chamber musician, soloist and recitalist around the globe. He has recorded works by Richard Danielpour, Claudio Gabriele and Poul Ruders, and has previously been featured on NPR’s From the Top with Christopher O’Riley and What Makes It Great with Rob Kiplow.
Passionate about chamber music, Mr. Johnson is a founding member and former cellist in the Läc Quartet. As the recipient of the Vanderbilt Music Académie grant, the quartet received commissions and residency in the Festival d’Aix festival held in Aix-en-Provence, France. Past solo and chamber engagements include the Spoleto Festival U.S.A., Lev Aronson Legacy Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra and Brevard Music Festival. Mr. Johnson's 2016-17 season highlights include his solo debut with the Cincinnati Symphony, as well as his solo debut in Japan on tour with the New York Symphonic Ensemble.
Mr. Johnson is a prizewinner in the MTNA Young Artist Competition, the World Competition, the Daniel Rains and Brevard Music Festival Concerto competitions. He received his bachelor of music degree under Felix Wang and Kathryn Plummer while attending the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, later studying under Bryan Dumm and Alan Harrell of the Cleveland Orchestra for his masters of music degree. Mr. Johnson's professional studies degree was completed at the Manhattan School of Music in the Orchestral Performance program. Additional studies were with Martin Löhr, Aline Champion, David Geber, Alan Stepanksy, Alan Rafferty and Wolfram Koessel.
Personal Website: http://www.blake-anthonyjohnson.com