Artist Manager: Rachel Johnson
Master Instructor, The Lailan Music School Lake Worth, FL
Director of The Parlor Series, LLC Lake Worth, FL
...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 called The Lailan Music School. He is also the director of the strings programs in 4 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 Seattle, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Atlanta, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Boston Pops, Baltimore, Annapolis, Detroit, Memphis; and has had several performances in Carnegie Hall. In the past 2 years Gareth has taught and performed in South Africa, the Netherlands and England. He adds these experiences to past tours in Asia and Central America. Gareth has performed with Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and several other world renowned string players.
“When I was a young boy, I heard someone playing the violin and I felt that I could play it too. The frequency of each note reverberated within me, down to my core. I knew at that moment that I could never experience true harmony without absolute dedication to the violin- so I practiced until I began to improve and feel comfortable with it in my hands. Soon my violin became like an extension of me, like an actual physical part of my body!
I feel so fortunate, and am humbled because of the joy and opportunity that chance encounter provided me so many years ago. Had I not seen the man playing the violin (Itzhak Perlman by the way), I may have never known my true calling. The violin has been my outlet to communicate and connect with cultures throughout the world. My message is now somehow etched in history with each new composition that I either recite or create, and this is all I can ask for. Music never dies, it lives on forever”...Gareth
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.”
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.
Artist Manager: Rachel Johnson 203-339-5725/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo by Tracey Benson Photography
His passion and persistence to master the violin has allowed him to be regarded as an artist who brings a unique sense of energy, emotions and personal interpretations to his audiences.
Arizona Daily Star
"Johnson lit into the lightening-fast bowing with precision, producing a clean sound that rang out even when he was joined by the full complement of the strings. ....his showmanship was subtle, with a knowing look over his shoulder at the orchestra, or a straight-on glance into the audience, a slight smile teasing that we had better be ready for what's coming next. And what came next were rapid-fire fits married with melodic passages that swooned." "He made his violin sing, and the song was at times achingly beautiful and playfully light. ...Johnson's fingers flew over the fret and his bow sliced over the strings so fast and furious that if you blinked you would miss a whole passage. It was an incredible experience."
Palm Beach Daily News
When Palm Beach Daily News arts critics were asked to pick their favorite and most memorable events from the past season (2005-2006), Ken Keaton exclaimed that his choice was Gareth Johnson. "…when one finds a young artist with a unique and compelling voice, that is an occasion to celebrate. Such an artist is Gareth Johnson, a violinist barely into his 20s who combined a honeyed tone, mature interpretive intelligence and blazing virtuosity. ...Johnson’s Rinker Playhouse recital resonates in my memory."
The New York Times
…“ Mr. Johnson was proclaimed to possess “prodigious musical gifts—like Joshua Bell or Maxim Vengerov…he dominates the stage.” In response to Mr. Johnson’s desire to become the Tiger Woods of classical music, Oestreich, music critic of the New York Times further commented that “Classical music could use a Tiger Woods and, no question, Mr. Johnson may well fit the bill.”
The Washington Post
…18-year-old violinist Gareth Johnson, a multi-award winner, who offered impressive accounts of Mozart's Violin Concerto in D, K. 218, and Saint-Saens's "Havanaise," Op. 83. About the same age as Mozart when he wrote the concerto, Johnson conveyed all the Allegro's fusion of youthful élan and courtly grace, the sweetly rounded lyricism of the Andante and the Rondeau's playful wit. He showed himself to be a confident soloist who combines sensitive control of the bow with right-on intonation and nicely detailed phrasing. Johnson's version of the "Havanaise" again exhibited all these qualities in a properly nostalgic way, plus a welcome bravado and sonorous depth.”
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......with a maturity far beyond his years.....incredible musical communication.....notes so delicately and gloriously intoned.....a rare talent indeed.....undeniable musical genius.....a soft-spoken violinist who stood, almost still, on an empty stage and created magic.”
Special to the Press Enterprise of Redlands California Nov. 2009
…“violin soloist Gareth Johnson...blew the socks off an enthusiastic audience. Johnson, young and confident, leapt into Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with an edgy bravura that challenged the subtleties of the familiar and elegant work. With an intense attitude, he dazzled the audience with lithe, nimble fingering, perfect intonation and clear, sure high notes. … a sensuous quality and delivered moments of artistic integrity and awareness. He allowed the beautiful music to take command…”
Artist Manager: Rachel Johnson