Arts and Literature Laboratory, now located at E. Main and S. Livingston St., will host solo performances by cellist Trace Johnson this summer. Solo cello works by Osvaldo Golijov, Laura Elise Schwendinger, J.S. Bach, Steven Stucky, and a premiere by New York-based composer Jesse Limbacher, will be presented in two intimate recitals on Wednesday, August 4th and Friday, August 6th at 7:00 PM. Tickets $10 ($5 Student/Youth) in advance online or $15 ($10 Student/Youth) at the door. 40-person max per concert. Masks required.
Cellist Trace Johnson is a consummate musician and committed performer from Madison, Wisconsin. Trace has appeared as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral musician in a wide variety of ensembles and settings around the world. Equally at home teaching in the studio or performing on stage, Trace is a devoted and thoughtful communicator who enjoys a varied career as a cellist, teacher, and musician.
Trace holds section cello positions at the Sarasota Orchestra in Sarasota, Florida and the Southwest Florida Symphony in Fort Myers, Florida; in Florida, he has also performed with Miamis Nu Deco Ensemble, Sarasota Opera, Miami City Ballet, Palm Beach Symphony, Palm Beach Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Boca Symphonia, Orlando Philharmonic, Kravis Pops Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, Miami Symphony, Orchestra Miami, South Florida Symphony, and the New World Symphony. Trace has performed in chamber recitals with faculty from SUNY Purchase University, University of Toronto, Florida Atlantic University, Lynn Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida International University, Shenandoah University, and Queens College in New York City.
In addition to his performance work, Trace has also worked as a composer, arranger, and recording artist; he recorded the complete tutti and solo cello parts for the Barrage8 2015-16 Tour Release; in 2017, Trace co-wrote music that appeared in the Wisconsin indie short film, Christmas Trees. Christmas Trees, shot and directed by videographer Jack Whaley, debuted at the Wisconsin Film Festival at Sundance Theatres in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2020, Trace composed and recorded original music for the Wisconsin short film One Foot In and a virtual-reading release of New York-based author Mark Belaires newest publication, Stonehaven. During the pandemic, Trace produced recordings for the BDDS in Madison, Wisconsin, Master Chorale of South Florida in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Sarasota Orchestra in Sarasota, Florida, and the Madison New Music Festival in Wisconsin. In November 2020, Trace recorded solo cello work, All the Pretty Little Horses, by Wisconsin-based composer Laura Schwendinger at Oktaven Studios in Hoboken, New Jersey; ATPLH will be included on an Albany Records release in the near future.
Trace cares deeply about his students and has served as string instructor, group class leader, and private teacher in a variety of settings in Cleveland, Ohio and Southern Florida. Trace received Suzuki Pedagogy Certification in Suzuki Book I from master pedagogue Dr. Tanya Carey and has worked as the principal cello teacher and group class instructor at the Palm Beach Suzuki School of Music since 2014. Trace has had students win all-state orchestra auditions, college auditions, youth orchestra principal auditions, and major prizes at local music competitions. Trace is actively building a teaching studio in the Madison area.
Trace received his Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2012 and his Masters of Music from Lynn Conservatory in December 2016; his principal instructors have been David Cole, Dr. Melissa Kraut, Joseph Johnson, and Dr. Tanya Carey. Trace is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music as a Collins Fellow studying with cellist and Feldenkreis practitioner, Uri Vardi.
Arts + Literature Laboratory (Ver)
111 S. Livingston St. Suite 100
Madison, WI 53703
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