Graham Johns

Graham Johns
(Principal Percussionist of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in England, UK.)

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GRAHAM C. JOHNS is Principal Percussionist of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in England, UK.

Originally from New Zealand he spent the early part of his career in Australia as Principal Timpanist of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. This was followed by a period of study at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory of Music, during which time he was to play regularly with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. In 1983, after graduating with a B. Mus degree from Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, he won a fellowship to attend the Tanglewood Music School, soon after which he was appointed to his present position with the RLPO.

Graham Johns has given numerous recitals and Master Classes throughout Great Britain, and also gave the first UK performance of Takemitsu’s ‘Gitimalya’ for Marimba and Orchestra – which was broadcast live to the nation by the BBC.

He is well known throughout Europe for his master classes and courses in Orchestral Percussion, frequently giving clinics in Spain, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland. In 1996 he made his debut in the USA at several Colleges and Universities, culminating in an appearance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

In July 1995 Graham performed with the World Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the late Sir George Solti in Geneva, Switzerland – in a concert to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations. The orchestra gathered a second time in March 1998 in Baden-Baden, Germany, and will perform again at the London Proms in the Summer of 2000 with Valerie Gergiev.

He teaches Percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In 1984 he started a percussion instrument retail company, which has since developed into one of the UK’s major suppliers of Classical Percussion Instruments.