Introducing guest violinist Zac Johnston
We have the pleasure of introducing Australian violinist Zac Johnston, who will join Rubiks for things are become new on the 28th of November.
Australian contemporary violinist, string educator, and random mandolinist, Zachary Johnston is a member of several new music ensembles including Arcko Symphonic Project, 3 Shades Black, 6º ensemble, Bolt Ensemble, and was a founding member of string quartet Atticus.
As part of long-term research Zac is investigating into how curiosity and New Music is integrated into pedagogy, particularly in violin studies. He has taken this philosophy into his education work with various ensembles including conducting State Music Camp, MSO Pizzicato Effect, and a variety of improvisation and New Music workshops for school ensembles. Complementing this, Zac was recently offered a scholarship to work with Walter Thompson with an aim to incorporate the live compositional technique of 'Soundpainting' into education and performances in Australia.
Zac has performed with Argonaut for the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (BIFEM) since 2013, completed a Masters of Music Performance Teaching in 2013, participated in the 2014 Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt and has recently returned from performing at the 2015 Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA.