William Johnston

William Johnston

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First year with SO: 2004

Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Instrument: William's viola was made by Henry John Furber of London, ca. 1850.

Bachelor of Music – Peabody Institute; Master of Music – Rice University; Doctor of Musical Arts – Cleveland Institute of Music

William is principal violist of The Atlanta Opera and has also performed with the viola sections of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, and Sarasota Orchestra. A devoted teacher, William has served on the faculty of the University of Florida and taught masterclasses across the country. He currently teaches privately in Atlanta, and as a Licensed Body Mapping Educator he helps musicians to play with greater comfort and ease. William is an alumnus of the Sarasota Youth Orchestra and Sarasota Music Festival.

Traveling, history, architecture, and learning the martial art of Aikido

Career Highlights:
Performing the west coast premiere of Mark Gresham's Three Essays as soloist with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra; lately it has been helping students to succeed in auditions and achieve their musical dreams.


Written byHerald Tribune

 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

Written byHerald Tribune

 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byThe Observer

 Andrew Lane, the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, knows how to program a winning event and this concert had something for everyone. It also brought in a whole new audience that seemed dazzled by the performances.  

Written byThe Observer

 The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The performance... was exceptional, bringing new and stunning sonorities from a larger than usual Sarasota Orchestra under the dynamic leadership of Anu Tali.  

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