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SCOTT ST. JOHN

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Canadian-born Scott St. John captures the attention of the musical world through his riveting and virtuosic performances on violin and viola. This charismatic artist has been praised for his "electric" performances and recitals "brimming with extroverted spirit," still, his exciting talents always serve the music. As the Pittsburgh Press has noted, "he is a musician of impeccable taste and natural instincts. He lets the music do the talking."

Deeply committed to education and outreach, St. John employs his exceptional communication skills to connect with and inspire students and adults alike. Further evidence of his teaching gifts lies in his appointment to a prestigious faculty position at the University of Toronto, which is consistently rated as the finest university in Canada. Scott performs frequently on the university’s Faculty Artist Series, maintains a thriving studio of fifteen violinists and violists, and coordinates the chamber music program.

Passionate about twentieth century music, St. John’s upcoming season includes Bartok’s 2nd Violin Concerto with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Barber Concerto with Symphony Nova Scotia, and a premiere Double Concerto with Denis Brott and the Orchestre Metropolitaine of Montreal. The 2000-01 season included Bernstein Serenade concerts in the US and Canada, and Britten’s Violin Concerto with the Vancouver Symphony. Chamber and recital performances included Bartok’s Contrasts at Lincoln Center as well as works of Janacek, Messiaen, Takemitsu, and several contemporary Canadian composers.

Two of Scott’s recording projects have recently been released on CD. From CBC Records, a disc entitled "A Parisian Salon": sonatas by Poulenc, Martinu, Turina and Satie in collaboration with pianist Rena Sharon. From Naxos comes a Messiaen disc with the riveting "Quartet for the End of Time" plus the "Theme and Variations", in collaboration with the Toronto-based Amici chamber group.

Other highlights of recent seasons include his participation in the Marlboro Music Festival’s 50th season and special anniversary concerts on tour, recital and chamber music broadcasts on CBC radio and a tour with the Toronto Symphony, under the baton of Jukka-Pekka Sarasate, his third appearance with them in five years. The 1999-2000 season included a critically acclaimed tour of New Zealand, Korngold’s glorious violin concerto with the Flemish Radio Orchestra, a triumphant Cincinnati Symphony debut performing Prokofiev, Schnittke’s double violin concerto at the Scotia Fest, and Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole with the New Hampshire Symphony as well as duo recitals with pianist Rieko Aizawa.

While still a student at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, St. John made his critically acclaimed New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall, thanks to the generosity and support of mentors Alexander Schneider and Felix Galimir. Shortly thereafter he won the Young Concert Artists Award; they presented him at the 92nd Street Y in NYC and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. In recent seasons, Scott has performed in recital on Ravinia’s Rising Stars Series, at Spivey Hall(GA), as well as in Boston’s Gardner Museum, Pepperdine University(CA), the University of California at Davis, DC’s Freer Gallery, the La Jolla Chamber Music Society, the Tilles Center(NY) and Ruth Eckerd Hall(FL). His recital for the University of Wyoming, part of a statewide tour, was featured on NPR’s "Performance Today".

An avid chamber musician, St. John loves to spend the summers at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. He frequently performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center(NY), on nationwide Musicians from Marlboro tours, and at the Seattle, Spoleto, and Vancouver music festivals. From 1994-1997 Scott was Founder and Artistic Director of Millennium, a contemporary music ensemble for top young chamber musicians.

Born in London, Ontario, St. John began his violin studies at age three with Richard Lawrence and subsequently worked with Gerard Jarry in Paris and David Cerone of the Cleveland Institute of Music. He studied viola with Ralph Aldrich of the University of Western Ontario and Robert Vernon, principal viola of the Cleveland Orchestra. In 1990, St. John graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied violin with Arnold Steinhardt, and chamber music with Felix Galimir. In addition to Young Concert Artists, his many awards include the 1994 Virginia D. Moore Award for Most Promising Young Canadian Artist, Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award, First Prize in the 1987 Alexander Schneider Violin and Viola Competition and a top prize in the 1992 Munich International Violin Competition.

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