Jillian Johnson serves as the instructor for the Young Artists Orchestra Violin Kids Program.
Bachelors of Music, University of Texas at Austin
Violinist Jillian Johnson is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy (IAA) and received her B.M. in Violin Performance from the University of Texas at Austin with Brian Lewis and the Miró Quartet under full scholarship. At UT, she has performed in the Symphony Orchestra, Lab Orchestra, CLUTCH (Collective Labors of the UT Composition Hub), Austin New Music Co-Op, and Density512. Jillian has performed in venues including the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, and the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. She has taught group classes, private lessons, and sectionals for the UT String Project, Austin Harmony Youth Chamber Orchestra, and the Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra. She received her Violin Unit 1 Suzuki Training at the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute in 2017 with Ann Montzka-Smelser, and Violin Unit 2 with Dr. Scott. She has performed in masterclasses for Rachel Barton Pine, Giora Schmidt, Phillipe Quint, Oleh Krysa, Philip Setzer, and others. Jillian has enjoyed chamber music collaborations with contemporary ensemble eighth blackbird, Condoleezza Rice, and Chloé Trevor. A fan of modern compositions, Jillian served as concertmaster for the premiere of “The Three Musketeers” by Michael Thurber on From The Top Live with Christopher O’Riley and the 2016 New York Philharmonic Biennial. She has recently engaged in solo performances with the Las Vegas Young Artists Academy Orchestra and the Nevada School of the Arts Chamber Orchestra. Over the summer, Jillian has attended the Interlochen Arts Camp, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Center Stage Strings, The Orford Music Academy, and the Starling-Delay Symposium at Juilliard. As an orchestral musician, Jillian has performed as a sub with the Canton Symphony (OH), Henderson Symphony Orchestra (NV), and as a section violinist in the Victoria Symphony (TX). When she’s not performing or teaching, Jillian enjoys reading, painting, and cooking. Jillian currently studies with James Buswell of the Boston area.