From a multi-generational, musical family, John was always surrounded and inspired by sound and originally took up playing percussion and drums, but after his first violin lesson, he was smitten. As a shy child, aged 6, John found his confidence by channeling his energies into music. Joining County ensembles by the age of 7, John played Folk and Popular music, but his real passion was for Classical music and so John began studies with Julia Jasinski (Jnr. RAM) and at age 13 he continued his studies with orchestral violinist, Iona Brown. Before joining the world-renowned, Royal Northern College of Music, John was a leader and soloist with the North East’s premier youth orchestras, performing in Hall One at the Sage, Gateshead, Symphony Hall, Birmingham and enjoying national and international tours around the USA and Italy. During 2014-15, John was fortunate to be mentored by cellist James Craig as part of the Middlesbrough Accompany Scheme. This Scheme also provided valuable opportunities to perform in masterclasses with Natalia Lomeiko and Yuri Zhislin. John has enjoyed attending summer courses such as Pro Corda Conservatoire and Music Academy Sinaia, Romania, learning with Catherine Yates and Simon Smith, Charles Sewart and Remus Azoitei. Performing as a soloist, John has given recitals and performed at music festivals such as Chorlton Arts Festival, Music Academy Sinaia and Middlesbrough Afternoon Concerts. In 2017 John will be preparing to play with orchestras across the country, including University of Sussex, Northumberland Orchestral Society, TVYO and Baildon Orchestra. Since 2015 John has relished his studies at the RNCM with Professor of Violin, Benedict Holland and has embraced every chance to engage with new strategies and concepts, continuing to focus his passion for violin playing. He is thankful for all the advice, encouragement and support from all involved in his musical adventure and also for the funding received from Blyth Arts, EMI Sound Foundation, and Middlesbrough Town Council. Special thanks are given for the generous loan of a 1775 Lorenzo Storioni Violin from Johnathan Sparey.
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