Magnus

Magnus Johnston violin

Magnus Johnston began his musical education as a chorister of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, with which he toured all over the world. He won a scholarship to Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester where he studied with professor Wen Zhou Li, and then gained a scholarship to the RNCM where he studied with Dr Christopher Rowland.

Magnus was a founding member of the Johnston Quartet (now the Elias Quartet) with which he played for five years; he led the quartet in performances across the UK, most notably in the 2001 Schubertfest where the quartet were joined by Ralph Kirshbaum to perform Schubert’s String Quintet. Magnus also led the quartet to win second prize in the London String Quartet Competition, where they won the special prize for their performance of Dutilleux’s Ainsi La Nuit. Magnus is the founder and leader of the Aronowitz Ensemble.

He plays a Hieronymus II Amati violin, made possible by the unbelievable support of his parents and many other investors. In his spare time Magnus loves nothing more than to escape into the countryside on his beloved bike! In 2008 he will be running the London Marathon for his brother Rupert to raise money for the Brain Injuries Rehabilitation Trust.