June 10, 3pm EDT/8pm BST

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Astor Piazzolla: Tango Étude No. 3

Victoria Borisova-Ollas: Golden Dances of the Pharaohs (2011)

Paquito D'Rivera: Lecuonerías from The Cape Cod Files (2009)

Abel Meeropol/Nina Simone: Strange Fruit [arr. Graeme Steele Johnson for clarinet and violin]

featuring Mellissa Ungkuldee, violin

About the artist

Winner of the Hellam Young Artists’ Competition and the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, Graeme Steele Johnson has established a multifaceted career as a clarinetist, writer and performance designer. He has appeared recently as a TEDx speaker, as a soloist and chamber musician at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Chicago’s Symphony Center and the Phoenix Chamber Music Society, and as a concerto soloist with the Vienna International Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra and the Caroga Lake and Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestras.

Johnson’s recent performance highlights include a solo recital on Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Series, as well as performances at the Ravinia Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Maverick Concerts, Lake George Music Festival, Caroga Lake Music Festival, and chamber and concerto appearances in Prague and Vienna. In his 2019 TEDx talk, "Music About Nothing: Seinfeld and the Classical Style," he spoke about the structural similarities between Mozart and that '90s sitcom to explain how to hear narrative and dramatic elements in music without a plot. In 2018, Johnson designed and directed a multimedia performance concept titled IMPRESSION, which weaves the chamber music of Debussy and Ravel with the spoken poetry of Stéphane Mallarmé, culminating in Johnson’s own octet arrangement of Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.

In 2019, Johnson became the first clarinetist to join the Young Artists roster of the Center for Musical Excellence. He has been broadcast on Chicago's WFMT Radio and has recorded commercially for Hyperion Records and Delos Productions, with a forthcoming recording on Cantaloupe Music. His writing about music continues to be published by The Clarinet Online and in program booklets by Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Northwest, Yale and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, among others.

Johnson holds graduate degrees from the Yale School of Music, where he was twice awarded the school's Alumni Association Prize. His major teachers include David Shifrin, Nathan Williams and Ricardo Morales, and he is now a doctoral fellow at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York under the mentorship of Charles Neidich.


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