Joseph Johnson has been heard throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. His festival appearances include performances in all classical genres at the American festivals of Santa Fe, Bach Dancing and Music in the Vineyards, as well as the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and the Virtuosi Festival in Brazil. Principal cellist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since the 2010/2011 season, he also serves as principal cellist of the Santa Fe Opera.
Mr. Johnson was previously principal cellist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and prior to that position he was a member of the Minnesota Orchestra cello section for eleven years. He was a founding member of the Prospect Park Players and the Minneapolis Quartet, the latter of which was honoured with The McKnight Foundation Award in 2005. Currently, he is a cellist for the XIA Quartet and he is the Assistant Professor of Cello at the University of Toronto. A graduate from the Eastman School of Music, Joseph Johnson earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University. Mr. Johnson performs on a magnificent Paolo Castello cello, crafted in 1780, in Genoa.