Senior Tutor & Chamber Music coach
Violin & Viola Teacher
Born in the UK. After studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London for 4 years, he spent the next twenty years playing in all the major orchestras in London, including the Royal Opera House, Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, etc. During this time he was also a member of the Barbican String Quartet.
John then went into commercial work and began contracting musicians for TV, films, advertising jingles, records, etc. where he worked closely with people like Nigel Kennedy, Nelson Riddle, Kiri Te Kanawa, Bob Hope, Ella Fitzgerald etc. and formed orchestras for the regular visits to the UK of the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet Companies, whilst still maintaining his free-lance playing contacts. He was also the Orchestral Manager of the Wren Orchestra of London for 11 years.
In the Spring of 1998 he was invited to be the Orchestra Manager of PETRONAS' Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in the Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS and came to Malaysia on a year's contract.
He has taught the violin in London since the early 1980's both privately and in schools. It was through John's initiative that Allegro Strings was created, which provides and services stringed instruments for students of Allegro Music as well as for the general public.
In a few short years, Allegro Strings has paired numerous young string players with instruments that successfully satisfy all levels of playing quality and budget requirements.