Karen Johnson

last updated 6/18/2018

Karen Johnson

Violinist at Richmond Philharmonic Inc

Location:
8100 Three Chopt Rd. Suite 209, Richmond, Virginia, United States
HQ Phone:
(804) 673-7400

General Information

Education

Bachelor of Music degreeJuilliard School

Masters degreeUniversity of Maryland , College Park

Masters degreeUniversity of Maryland - College Park

Affiliations

Founding Member - Phillips Camerata

Recent News  

Guest Artists

Karen Johnson, violinist
As a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician Karen Johnson's playing has been applauded for its "balance and precision," as well as her "enthusiastic showmanship of impressive energy and accuracy" (Washington Post) and her performances hailed as "virtuosically energized and broadly lyrical" (Richmond Times-Dispatch). Ms. Johnson has performed in concerts throughout the United States and Europe and has worked with a variety of renowned conductors and musicians, such as James DePriest, Sergiu Commissiona, Yuri Temirkanov, Victor Yampolsky, Gerard Schwarz, and Joseph Silverstein. From 2002-2011, Karen was Concertmaster of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she was invited as a guest concertmaster with orchestras such as the Seattle Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, and the Oregon Symphony. Ms. Johnson was recently featured as soloist at WCVE's celebration of Robert Schumann's bicentennial. Ms. Johnson began her musical studies in her hometown of Gilbert, AZ, at the age of 4. At age 10, she became the pupil of Dr. William Magers at Arizona State University and under his tutelage won such competitions as the Corpus Christi International Young Artist Competition, the Midland-Odessa National Young Artist Competition, the National MTNA Yamaha String Competition. Ms. Johnson earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the Juilliard School as the pupil of Joel Smirnoff and was the first prize winner of several local and national competitions, including the Juilliard Sibelius Violin Concerto Competition. Currently, Ms. Johnson is a regular performer in the Washington DC area, currently as Concertmaster of the White House Orchestra and also as a soloist and as a chamber musician. She is a founding member of the Phillips Camerata, presenting chamber music concerts both at the Phillips Collection as well as the National Gallery of Art. Karen resides in Stafford, VA,with husband Karl Johnson and their five children.

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Baltimore Chamber Orchestra: Meet the soloists 2018-2019

Karen Johnson, violin
Karen Johnson violin Karen Johnson violin performs as a soloist and as a chamber and orchestral musician. Her playing has been applauded for its "balance and precision" and her "enthusiastic showmanship of impressive energy and accuracy" by The Washington Post and hailed as "virtuosically energized and broadly lyrical" by Richmond Times-Dispatch. Ms. Johnson has performed in concerts throughout the United States and Europe and has worked with renowned conductors and musicians, such as James DePreist, Sergiu Comissiona, Yuri Temirkanov, Victor Yampolsky, Gerard Schwarz, and Joseph Silverstein. From 2002-2011, Karen was Concertmaster of Richmond Symphony Orchestra. She was invited as guest Concertmaster with Seattle Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, and Oregon Symphony. Ms. Johnson was recently featured as soloist at WCVE-FM's celebration of Robert Schumann's bicentennial. Ms. Johnson began her musical studies in her hometown of Gilbert, Arizona at the age of 4. At age 10, she became the pupil of Dr. William Magers at Arizona State University. Under his tutelage, she won Corpus Christi International Young Artist Competition, Midland-Odessa National Young Artist Competition, and National MTNA Yamaha String Competition. Ms. Johnson earned her Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School as the pupil of Joel Smirnoff and was first-prize winner of local and national competitions, including Juilliard Sibelius Violin Concerto Competition. Ms. Johnson is a regular performer in the Washington, DC area. She performs as Concertmaster of The White House Orchestra, as a soloist, and as a chamber musician. She is a founding member of Phillips Camerata, presenting chamber music concerts at The Phillips Collection and National Gallery of Art. Karen resides in Stafford, Virginia with husband Karl Johnson and their five children.

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Baltimore Chamber Orchestra: 2018-2019 season Notes by Markand Thakar

Karen Johnson violin
Our second concertmaster candidate is Karen Johnson, Concertmaster of The White House Chamber Orchestra.

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