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, Purcell Room and St-Martin-in-the-Fields. Additionally, he has performed across Europe, in India, and throughout China.
Currently a member of Southbank Sinfonia, Patrick works regularly with London Contemporary Orchestra, 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, James Gaffigan, Heinrich Schiff, Edward Gardner, Joseph Swensen and James Macmillan. Additionally, he was principal cello in a very memorable concert in the Royal Albert Hall with Orion Orchestra and hard rock legends Deep Purple.
Patrick’s life as a musician began in the Scottish town of Dunfermline, where he was principal cello of the Fife Youth Orchestra and a regular prizewinner in the Fife Festival of Music.
He went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, where he won competitions in both 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 very 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 given its official premiere 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.
Patrick plays on a mysterious 18th century cello, believed to be Italian and converted from a five-string violoncello piccolo.
A passionate teacher, Patrick has had a burgeoning private class for the past ten years as well as classes in Dormers Wells High School, Young Music Makers and RCS Musicworks. Additionally, he has taught for London Music Masters and LPO Funharmonics. In terms of ages and standards, over the years his students have ranged from five years old to octogenarian, and from complete beginner to ABRSM diploma standard.
“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
"Patrick Johnson introduced my eight-year old son to the Cello and taught him for eighteen months. He was thorough and patient, particularly in ensuring good playing position and accurate intonation, and always encouraged musicality and enthusiasm. He provided my son with a solid basis from which to take his studies further and we were sorry when he was no longer able to teach in our area." - Lesley
"Paddy was my first cello teacher, I really liked him and I doubt I would be doing nearly as well if I had started with another teacher." - Isaac