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Magnus Johnston

Biography

British violinist Magnus Johnston makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2019/20 Season as Guest Concert Master for Die Zauberflöte.

Johnston was a chorister in the Choir of King’s College Cambridge, and studied at Chetham’s School of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music as a Scholar. He is a founder member of the Aronowitz Ensemble (string sextet and piano), which gave its debut performance at St John’s Smith Square in 2004, and has been a member of the Navarra Quartet since 2010. He is a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. With the Navarra Quartet, Johnston has appeared at major festivals and venues throughout Europe and further afield, including the Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Lincoln Center, New York, Berlin Konzerthaus, Sydney Opera House and the BBC Proms and Aix-en-Provence festivals. He continues to perform and record regularly with the Aronowitz Ensemble, broadcasting regularly for BBC Radio 3.

As an orchestral musician, Magnus has performed as a Guest Leader and Principal with orchestras including the Philharmonia, Britten Sinfonia, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Scottish and Australian chamber orchestras. He is the recipient of two Borletti-Buitoni awards.