As a child, Jeanne loved to sit under the piano in the magnificent flood of sound as her mother practiced.  Jeanne JohnsonAt age five, she started both violin and piano.  She made her solo violin debut with orchestra at 11, and won first place in the Milwaukee Symphony Youth Soloist Competition at 16.  Her love of music was fanned by three wonderful summers at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, and she went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Performance with Honors from Indiana University in 1987, where she studied with James Buswell and Stanley Ritchie and participated in the Early Music Institute.  In 1989, she received her Master’s Degree with Distinction in Performance and Academics from New England Conservatory, where she served as James Buswell’s graduate assistant.  She pursued further studies in summer programs at the Sarasota Music Festival, the Bach Aria Festival and the Banff Centre.

Today Jeanne is a soloist and chamber musician on both Baroque and modern violin.  Her performances on series, tours, festivals and recordings in the United States and abroad have been hailed as “stunningly effusive,” and “delivered with gusto,” resulting in National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and local broadcasts.  Her music can be heard around the world, from Brazil to Indonesia, Sweden to Turkey.  A winner of an Early Music America Professional Development Award in 2002, Jeanne has been featured on several “Harmonia” and “Performance Today” broadcasts, and gave a recital on the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments series in 2005.  Her early music trio Music of the Spheres  has been featured at The Frick Collection, the Tage Alter Musik festival in Regensburg, Germany, the Berkeley and Bloomington Early Music Festivals, and the San Francisco Early Music Society series.  In 2016, Centaur Records released Jeanne’s recordings of violin works by Johann Jakob Walther and Jean-Fery Rebel with Eco dell’Anima (with Brent Wissick, gamba; Peter Marshall, harpsichord). Jeanne has been concertmaster for the Washington Bach Consort, and has toured and performed with many groups including Chatham Baroque, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Musica nel Chiostro in Tuscany, Portland Baroque, Bloomington Baroque, Brandywine Baroque, the Magnolia Baroque Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Atlanta Symphony and the Atlanta Opera and Ballet.  She has participated in numerous recordings, including solo recordings on the Magnatune and Centaur labels.

A diverse performer, Jeanne has also toured with Vince Gill and Amy Grant, and performed with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, a crossover, multi-style orchestra with the most new music commissions in the U.S.  The orchestra has performed and recorded with the Turtle Island String Quartet and John Jorgenson, spanning styles from country to tango to the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt.

Teaching has also been a big part of Jeanne’s life.  She has maintained a large private studio for twenty years, and also served on the faculty of Clayton State University for eight years, teaching applied violin and viola, chamber music, and directing the orchestra.  She loves nothing more than helping students surprise themselves by growing beyond their own self-concepts!

Jeanne disagrees with the perception of classical music as academic, aloof or intimidating.  She believes its true function is to captivate the imagination, stir memories, and evoke intensely personal emotions in both listener and performer alike, and she desires to reach a wider audience through performances which focus on these aspects.

Jeanne’s other passions include theatre, visual arts, spirituality, psychology and the creative process.  She has worked as a classical radio announcer, costumed historic interpreter, and Renaissance festival and Shakespeare company character and musician.  She also acts, paints and writes and is an avid old movie fan.

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Jeanne is available for concerts, recitals, concerto solos, series, festivals, tours, advanced master classes, and recordings.  Her Music of the Spheres recordings are available on Magnatune, CDBaby, Amazon, iTunes, Napster, Zune, MediaNet, MySpace Music, Verizon, Last.fm, Lala, Tradebit, Nokia, GreatIndieMusic, Deezer, & LimeWire.  They are also available on moodmixes.com, background music for businesses and retail stores.

To hear more of Jeanne’s music, go to the “Music of the Spheres Recordings” section on this web site.