The LOGOS Chamber Group
MAGNUS JOHNSTON (violin)
Magnus Johnston began his musical education as a chorister of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. As head chorister of the choir of King’s College Cambridge, Magnus toured extensively at a young age, going on to win a scholarship to Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and later the Royal Northern College of Music where he studied with Christopher Rowland.
Magnus is recognized as one of the most distinguished chamber musicians of his generation. Magnus’ passion for chamber music led to the birth of the Aronowitz Ensemble, a unique chamber group of string sextet & piano. In November 2004 the ensemble made their debut performance to a sold out St John’s Smith Square, and have since enjoyed a busy touring schedule along with frequent live broadcasts & studio recordings for BBC Radio 3. Aside from his dedication to chamber music, Magnus has immersed himself in a variety of playing; from leading the Britten Sinfonia in Julian Phillips’ newly commissioned opera ‘The Yellow Sofa” at Glyndebourne, to recording the strings for Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It’ and playing under Ennio Morricone in his recent soundtrack to the film ‘Nine’. Magnus has been the leader of the Navarra String Quartet since 2010.
In 2003 Magnus won Second Prize in the London International String Quartet Competition as a member of the Johnston (now Elias) Quartet, and has since collaborated in a variety of chamber music projects with Ralph Kirshbaum, London Bridge Ensemble, Alison Balsom, Nicholas Daniel, András Keller, Chamber Domaine, Andrew Kennedy & Martin Lovett.
Notable recent performances include The Wigmore & Bridgewater Halls, The Aldeburgh, Bath & Cheltenham Festivals, and the BBC Proms. During the early days of the group, Magnus worked closely with Norbert Brainim of the Amadeus Quartet, and on later receiving an Abbado Trust Award was able to acquire one of Brainim’s bows on which he now plays, As a recording artist Magnus has recorded with the Aronowitz Ensemble & Gerald Finley for Hyperion (‘Dover Beach’ – Barber) and he joined Julius Drake & Gerald Finlay for their “Romanzo Di Central Park” CD of songs by Charles Ives, The Aronowitz Ensemble have more recently recorded a CD of Vaughan Williams, Watkins & Elgar for Sonimage.
Magnus plays a Hieronymus Amati II (1693).
馬納斯 • 莊士頓 (小提琴)
馬納斯被公認為他這一代最傑出的室樂家之一。他對室樂的熱情促成了Aronowitz合奏團的誕生，是一個獨特的弦樂六重奏和鋼琴組合。2004年11月在聖約翰史密斯廣場的首演門票全部售罄，此後帶來了繁忙的巡回表演及為BBC廣播第三台進行現場直播和錄音。除了他對室樂的供獻外，馬納斯還沉浸在各種各樣的演出中，包括領導Britten交響樂團在格林德布恩Julian Philips新作歌劇“The Yellow Sofa”，錄製米高積遜歌曲 “This is It”弦樂部分，最近並為Ennio Morricone在電影“Nine”作配樂，以及自2010年來一直是納瓦拉弦樂四重奏的領導者。
2003年作為Johnston (現在的Elias)四重奏成員，在倫敦國際弦樂四重奏比賽中獲得第二名，此後與Ralph Kirshbaum, London Bridge Ensemble, Alison Balsom, Nicholas Daniel, András Keller, Chamber Domaine, Andrew Kennedy & Martin Lovett合作了多項不同類型的室樂項目。
最近的表演有包括在: The Wigmore＆Bridgewater Halls，The Aldeburgh，Bath＆Cheltenham Festivals以及BBC Proms。在樂團的早期階段，馬納斯與Amadeus四重奏的Norbert Brainim緊密合作，後來更獲得了Abbado Trust獎，獲得了他現在演奏所用屬於Brainim擁有的其中一支弓。而錄製方面有: Aronowitz Ensemble & Gerald Finley for Hyperion (‘Dover Beach’ – Barber) 和他加入了Julius Drake & Gerald Finlay for their “Romanzo Di Central Park” CD of songs by Charles Ives, The Aronowitz Ensemble 最近錄製了一張 Vaughan Williams, Watkins & Elgar for Sonimage.