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MAGNUS JOHNSTON

Violinist

PROM 74: September 8

Magnus Johnston is recognised as one of the most distinguished chamber musicians of his generation. A member of both the Navarra String Quartet and the Aronowitz Ensemble, Magnus has been a recipient of two Borletti-Buitoni Trust Awards and a place on BBC Radio 3ʼs New Generation Artists Scheme. Aside from his dedication to chamber music, Magnus has been in demand as Guest Leader and Principal of orchestras such as the Royal Opera House, Philharmonia, Britten Sinfonia, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Scottish and Australian Chamber Orchestras.

As a chorister of the choir of Kingʼs College Cambridge, Magnus toured extensively at a young age, going on to win a scholarship to Chethamʼs School of Music in Manchester and later the Royal Northern College of Music.

Magnusʼ passion for chamber music led to the birth of the Aronowitz Ensemble, a unique chamber group of string sextet & piano. The ensemble made their debut performance to a sold out St Johnʼs Smith Square in 2004, and have since enjoyed a busy touring schedule along with frequent live broadcasts & studio recordings for BBC Radio 3.

Magnus plays a Hieronymus II Amati violin (1693), made possible by the incredible support of his parents and many other investors. In his spare time Magnus loves nothing more than to escape into the countryside on his beloved bike! He ran the London Marathon twice for his brother Rupert to raise money for the Brain Injuries Rehabilitation Trust.

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