2019 MusiciansJohnny van Gend

Johnny started learning violin at age five with Mary Nemet in his hometown of Toowoomba. He achieved AMusA at age 11 and LMusA (with Distinction) at age 12. The following year he and his brother Robert added to their repertoire an LMusA in Ensemble Performance.  

In 2013 Johnny commenced study with Michele Walsh in Brisbane, and in 2015 entered the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University as a Sir Samuel Griffith Scholar. During his three years at the Conservatorium, Johnny received the Vada Jefferies Bach Prize, the Paganini Prize, the Ronald Clifford Davis Violin Prize, the 4MBS Chamber Prize, the QCGU Postgraduate Award, and the Brisbane Club Award. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music with Distinction in 2017 and in 2018 entered the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) training under Dr Robin Wilson. 

Recent successes include winning prizes for Best Performance of Bach, Best Sonata Performance, and the Audience Prize at the 2018 Kendall National Violin Competition. Earlier in 2018 he performed Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto no. 1 in a masterclass for Anne-Sophie Mutter.  

In 2014 he was a finalist in the National Youth Concerto Competition, performing the Barber Violin Concerto with the Queensland Youth Orchestra. He has been a keen participant in Australian Youth Orchestra programs since 2012; highlights include the role of Concertmaster of the Alexander Orchestra at the 2016 National Music Camp and performing throughout Europe and China on the 2016 International Tour.  

An experienced chamber musician, Johnny has performed extensively in string quartets and chamber ensembles, and was a finalist in the 2018 ANAM Chamber Music Competition.

Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Andrew Boyle, Helen Ballantyne and Milton Robinson, Olga Abrahams, Jannie Brown, Michael Schwarz and David Clouston

Photo by Pia Johnson

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