Johanna Burnheart

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Jazz violinist primarily but also comfortable with playing any other genres. Currently available for session work, art projects and gigs.
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Johanna has been playing the violin for 19 years, 8 of those dedicated to jazz and her own music. She attended Wells Cathedral School sixth form as a specialist musician, building a strong technical foundation for a professional career. From 2011 until end 2013 Johanna worked and lived in Berlin as a violinist, playing with jazz, folk, rock and classical musicians. In 2013 she moved to London to study and work on her musical identity. In 2017 she graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a Bachelor of Music - Jazz, which was followed by a fellowship year. She is now a freelance violinist based in London. Johanna also had both classical and jazz piano lessons for 15 years and sang in choirs for most of her school career. Her own music now usually includes her voice as well.

Performance details
I can perform with backing tracks
Jazz, Folk, Electronic, Blues, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Swing, Acoustic, French music, German music, Klezmer, Jewish music
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Classical Repertoire:
The Red Violin by John Gagliano
Bach Partita in D Minor Sarabande
Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin
Jazz Standards:
All by myself
All Of Me
All the things you are
A small day
Autumn Leaves
Blue Bossa
Blue Monk
Body and Soul
But Not For Me
Dark Eyes
Donna Lee
Douce Ambience
Honeysuckle Rose
How High The Moon
How Insensitive
I didn’t know what time it was
I’m glad there is you
I fall in love too easily
If you never come to me
It don’t mean a thing
I’ve got the world on a string
Let’s Do it (Let’s Fall in Love)
Minor Swing
My heart belongs to Daddy
On the sunny side of the street
Satin Doll
Softly as in a morning sunrise
Stella by starlight
What a difference a day made
You’ve changed
Spring is here
You go to my head
and many more as well as popular Soul songs on demand.
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

I have the option of playing solo, duo, trio, quartet or quintet with any of the following: singer, guitarist, bassist, pianist/keys, DJ, drums, percussion, trombone, saxophone and more classic strings.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I'm happy to adapt within reason and am always aware that events such as weddings can go differently as planned. As long as my time commitment is respected and there are provisions that can be made anything can be sorted in my opinion.

How much time do you need to set up?

Depending on how much equipment I need to bring between 20-40 minutes.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

I'm happy to chat through any specific pieces you might want and add them to my performance beforehand.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes I do. Whether it's all acoustic or with electronics, I have it covered.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes I'm happy to learn specific pieces, however, if they require a lot of preparation and therefore working hours before the event I might have to adapt my fee slightly to cover the work.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I have a unique approach to jazz and improvisation and understand the atmosphere of an event very well.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Poplar Union, Cheltenham Festival, British Embassy in Guangzhou - China, Glastonbury Festival Truth Stage, La Seine Musicale in Paris, Festsaal Kreuzberg in Berlin, Sisyphos in Berlin, Privatclub in Berlin, Monarch in Berlin and many more.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Jascha Heifetz, Zbigniew Seifert, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Charlie Mingus, Henrik Schwarz and so many more.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Susheela Raman Ghost Gamelan at the Royal Festival Hall in 2018.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£120
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400
Available services
Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned


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, 4 years ago

Very good, professional violinist. She did turn up when she said she would :-) Overall very pleased with both performance and attitude.

From other customers:

Billie W, 4 years ago

Johanna is breathing magic

David G, 4 years ago

Very good, professional violinist

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