As a principal cellist, soloist and chamber musician, Patrick Tapio Johnson has
appeared in many of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious concert venues. These
include the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Purcell
Room. Additionally, he has performed across Europe, in India, and throughout
Patrick is a former member of Southbank Sinfonia, with whom he performed many
orchestral solos as a principal cellist. As well as having collaborated with the
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Academy of
St Martin in the Fields with Southbank Sinfonia, Patrick has also played with the
Philharmonia Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra, Brandenburg Sinfonia,
London Musical Arts Orchestra and Orpheus Sinfonia. He also appears regularly in
recital with the pianist Leslie Howard.
He has performed under the batons of many eminent conductors, including Vladimir
Ashkenazy, Sir Antonio Pappano, Barry Wordsworth, John Wilson, James Gaffigan
and Heinrich Schiff. Additionally, he was principal cello in a memorable concert in
the Royal Albert Hall with hard rock legends Deep Purple.
Patrick’s life as a musician began in Scotland, where he was principal cello of the Fife
Youth Orchestra and a regular prizewinner in the Fife Festival of Music.? He then
studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, where he won
competitions in cello and composition. He also led the cello sections of the RCS
Symphony Orchestra, RCS Sinfonietta and the Athenaeum Orchestra.
Subsequently, Patrick studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Again he led the cello section of the GSMD Symphony Orchestra, and represented the
school in the 2011 City of London Festival.
A passionate promoter of new music, Patrick has given world premieres of many
works for solo cello, plus many more chamber works. Most recently, Marc Yeats
composed the solo cello piece "Pathos" for him, which was premiered 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. He also recently performed the solo cello
at the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre in a run of critically acclaimed
performances of Peter Maxwell Davies' The Lighthouse, with the composer in
“A true artist of the cello, who coped with the myriad challenges of the work in
admirable and compelling fashion… a performance that can only be described as
revelatory.” – Robert Matthew-Walker, Musical Opinion