Patrick Tapio Johnson
Patrick studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before completing a Master of Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where his teachers included Richard Lester and Alexander Baillie. During his studies, Patrick won competitions in both cello and composition and led the cello sections of the symphony orchestras of both schools.
As a principal cellist, soloist and chamber musician, Patrick has appeared in many of the UK’s most prestigious concert venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields. Additionally, he has performed across Europe, in India, and throughout China, and works regularly with London Contemporary Orchestra, London Musical Arts Orchestra and Orpheus Sinfonia. He also appears regularly in recitals with the pianist Leslie Howard.
Patrick has performed under the batons of many eminent conductors, including Heinrich Schiff, Edward Gardner and James Macmillan. Additionally, he was principal cello in a memorable concert in the Royal Albert Hall with the Orion Orchestra and hard rock legends Deep Purple.
A passionate promoter of new music, Patrick has given world premieres of many chamber works and works for solo cello. Most recently, Marc Yeats composed the solo cello piece Pathos for Patrick, which was given its official premiere in June 2013. Marc has since been inspired to use Pathos as the basis for a new cello concerto, entitled Logos, also dedicated to Patrick.
Read a blog by Patrick about his love of contemporary music and performing as part of Southbank Centre’s Changing Britain Festival.
Patrick’s place in Southbank Sinfonia is generously supported by Mark Prisk & Lesley Titcomb.
What do you love about classical music?
I love the cathartic side to it: the way your emotions can be put through the wringer, and the things you learn about yourself when something unexpected triggers an emotional response. That, and the endless challenges of playing it well.
What’s on your playlist right now?
Having recently returned from Seattle, my ears are still ringing with the sounds of their local rock legends – Jimi Hendrix and Pearl Jam in particular.
What is your most embarrassing musical moment?
I had hiccups in a concert once. While playing the Tristan Prelude by Wagner. During the quiet bits.