L E S L I E   J O H N S O N

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Welcome! I am a performer and a teacher, both of the violin and the viola. Teaching, performing and musical growth are all connected: I am continually learning from my students, and from the art of performing live. I greatly enjoy sharing music with people, and consider it a gift and a privilege.

In the summer of 2013, I released my recordings of the Bach Suites for Solo Viola. These incredible masterpieces were originally written for the cello, but have been transcribed for its cousin, the viola (I believe Bach would approve!). Each Suite contains seven movements: a Prelude, followed by six baroque dance movements. The individual identity of each suite is based not only by its key signature, but also by the specific melodic motif of its Prelude movement. They were mostly all recorded within 3 days, at Opus 4 Studios outside Seattle. The recordings are available as a three CD set ($20) or as a download ($18) at this link at CD Baby and are also available at Amazon and on iTunes.   For more info click on the Recordings link above.

If you are in the vicinity of Bellingham (about 90 miles north of Seattle), please be sure to attend some great chamber music concerts which I will be performing with the Bellingham Chamber Music Society.  Go to bellinghamchambermusic.org for more info.