StringsJohnny 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 LMusA in Ensemble Performance. 

His 2017 highlights included reaching the finals of the Kendall National Violin Competition, and performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 he was a finalist in the National Youth Concerto Competition and The English Family Prize for Young Instrumentalists, and concertmaster for the GPS (Greater Public Schools) Orchestra. He has been a keen participant in Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camps since 2012, and a member of the AYO since 2014. Particular highlights in this period were leading the Alexander Orchestra at the 2016 NMC and performing in the great concert halls of Europe and China on the 2016 AYO International Tour.

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 has 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.

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