from Casper, Wyoming, who started out on the piano
but gravitated to his instrument of choice in high school. In 1978, he attended the University of Texas, where he studied with Stuart Sankey. He
furthered his education at the New England Conservatory under the tutelage
of Lawrence Wolfe. In 1981 and
1982, he took further lessons at the Tanglewood Music Center. Rounding out his formal training, he
took part in the Aspen music festival, the Congress of Strings, and the Grand Teton music festival. In 1983, he graduated from NEC with
a Bachelor’s of Music degree in performance.
He did a stint
with the Houston Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the New
Orleans Symphony until becoming a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra
December 2010, he participated in the Concert for the Cure at NEC’s
Jordan Hall. Sir Simon Rattle
conducted the adagietto of “Symphony No. 5”
by Gustav Mahler, “Piano Concerto in G, K. 453” by Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart, with Marc-Andre Hamelin at the keys, and “Symphony
No. 2” by Johannes Brahms.
He and cellist
Adam Esbensen, violinists Nancy Bracken and
Valerie Kuchment, and violist Robert Barnes performed
in the BSO’s prelude concert on 19th
August 2011. Their recital
included “String Quartet in G” by Antonin
Dvorak and “Trio in E minor, Op. 14, No. 1” by Hermann
Schroeder. On 29th
January 2012, they reprised this program at St.
Paul AME Church in Cambridge,
In the field
of music education, John has taught at the Boston University College of
Fine Arts School of Music.
which he appears comprise Contemporary
Music from New England Conservatory’s Enchanted Circle, Holiday Pops by the Boston Pops, and
Schubert 196th Birthday
Concert by the Boston Conservatory Chamber Ensemble.