Playing melodically rather than percussively
|Trend towards percussive playing on string instruments||00h:00m:07s|
|Cello is a singing instrument, not a percussive one||00h:00m:59s|
|Explanation of flowing and legato sound/technique/stroke||00h:01m:07s|
|Aggressive playing may lead to injuries||00h:01m:22s|
Joseph Johnson, Principal Cello of the Toronto Symphony, talks about playing melodically rather than percussively
Joseph Johnson has been Principal Cello of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since the 2009-2010 season, and Mr. Johnson previously held the same position with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as principal cellist of the Santa Fe Opera, and during the 2008-2009 season, he was guest principal cellist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his Milwaukee appointment, Mr. Johnson was a member of The Minnesota Orchestra cello section for eleven years, during which time he performed numerous chamber music works during the orchestra's Sommerfest, both as cellist and pianist. He was a founding member of both the Prospect Park Players and the Minneapolis Quartet, the latter of which was honoured with The McKnight Foundation Award in 2005.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Joseph Johnson earned his master's degree from Northwestern University. Awards and honors include a performer's certificate from the Eastman School of Music and first prize from the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition.
Mr. Johnson performs on a magnificent Juan Guillami cello, crafted in 1747 in Barcelona.