Joseph Johnson


Joseph Johnson has been heard throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician and educator. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Joseph Johnson earned his Master’s degree from Northwestern University.

A gifted and inspiring teacher, Mr. Johnson is Assistant Professor of Cello at the University of Toronto, the cello coach for the Toronto Youth Symphony, and regular coach and teacher at the New World Symphony in Miami.

His festival appearances include performances in all classical genres at the American festivals of Santa Fe, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Bard, Cactus Pear, Grand Teton, and Music in the Vineyards as well as the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and the Virtuosi Festival in Brazil.

Highlights of Joseph Johnson’s 2020/2021 season include concerto performances of the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

A champion of new Music, Joseph has played the Canadian Premiere of the Unsuk Chin Cello Concerto with the Esprit Orchestra, Canadian Premiere of the Miguel del Aguila Cello Concerto with the Toronto Symphony and Edmonton Symphony, North American Premiere of the Peter Oetvos Cello Concerto with the Toronto Symphony, and the Marc-Andre Dalbavie Cello Concerto with the Esprit Orchestra.

Mr. Johnson performs on a magnificent Paolo Castello cello crafted in Genoa in 1780.