Solo Cello works performed by Cellist Trace Johnson
Virtual Premiere

Solo Cello works performed by Cellist Trace Johnson

Madison, Wisconsin

Tue, August 10, 2021 7:00 PM, CDT

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This is a Groupmuse Virtual Premiere

An online debut of exceptionally crafted pre-recorded content, coupled with musician + audience videochat.



Dear Listener,

I invite you to tune in for a short, 45-minute program of unaccompanied cello works by Osvaldo Golijov, Steven Stucky, J.S. Bach, Laura Elise Schwendinger, and Jesse Limbacher. I hope to see you there, cheers!

This groupmuse concert is an abbreviated version of my recital program at the Arts and Literature Laboratory on August 4th and 6th in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information about the live recitals, check out or !

Best wishes,
Trace Johnson


Cellist Trace Johnson is a consummate musician and committed performer from Madison, Wisconsin. Trace has appeared as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral musician in a wide variety of ensembles and settings around the world. Equally at home teaching in the studio or performing on stage, Trace is a devoted and thoughtful communicator who enjoys a varied career as a cellist, teacher, and musician.

Trace holds section cello positions at the Sarasota Orchestra in Sarasota, Florida and the Southwest Florida Symphony in Fort Myers, Florida; in Florida, he has also performed with Miami’s Nu Deco Ensemble, Sarasota Opera, Miami City Ballet, Palm Beach Symphony, Palm Beach Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Boca Symphonia, Orlando Philharmonic, Kravis Pops Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, Miami Symphony, Orchestra Miami, South Florida Symphony, and the New World Symphony. Trace has performed in chamber recitals with faculty from SUNY Purchase University, University of Toronto, Florida Atlantic University, Lynn Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida International University, Shenandoah University, and Queens College in New York City.

In addition to his performance work, Trace has also worked as a composer, arranger, and recording artist. In 2016, Trace recorded the tutti and solo cello parts for the Barrage8 2015-16 Tour Release; in 2017, Trace co-wrote music that appeared in the Wisconsin indie short film, Christmas Trees. Christmas Trees, shot and directed by videographer Jack Whaley, debuted at the Wisconsin Film Festival at Sundance Theatres in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2020, Trace composed and recorded original music for the Wisconsin short film, One Foot In, and a virtual-reading release of New York-based author Mark Belaire’s newest publication, Stonehaven. During the pandemic, Trace produced recordings for Master Chorale of South Florida in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Sarasota Orchestra in Sarasota, Florida, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society and the Madison New Music Festival in Madison, Wisconsin. In November 2020, Trace recorded solo cello work, All the Pretty Little Horses, by Wisconsin-based composer Laura Schwendinger at Oktaven Studios in Hoboken, New Jersey; the unaccompanied cello work will be included on an Albany Records release in the near future.

Trace has received numerous fellowship scholarships to pursue music; he has been a fellow at the Atlantic Music Festival in Watertown, Maine, Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, a nationally acclaimed chamber music festival, in Madison, Wisconsin. During summer studies, Trace has collaborated with composers George Tsontakis, Donald Crockett, Ken Ueno, and Sol-bong Kim and shared the stage with eminent artists Midori, Anne Akiko-Myers, Stefan Jackiw, Awadagin Pratt, William Wolfram, and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenburg. At Lynn Conservatory, Trace performed the Brahms Double Concerto with the Lynn Philharmonia after winning the annual concerto competition, won first prize in the Lyric Chamber Society of New York's Chamber Competition, and won first prize at the John Oliveira String Competition and performed multiple recitals throughout South Florida in addition to winning a significant cash prize.

Trace cares deeply about his students and has been teaching for more than a decade in schools and private institutions both nationally and abroad. Trace is Suzuki Certified in Suzuki Books 1 and 2 from master-pedagogue, Dr. Tanya Carey, and has worked as the principal cello teacher and group class instructor at the Palm Beach Suzuki School of Music since 2014. In Florida, Trace has had students successfully audition into first-chair appointments at Palm Beach Youth Orchestra in West Palm Beach, Florida Youth Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County in Boca Raton, and the 2020-21 All-County Middle-School Orchestra of South Florida. In 2020, Trace had several students win auditions at the 2020-21 Florida All-State Orchestra, successfully audition into the prestigious Dreyfoos School of the Arts High School in West Palm Beach, and were competition prizewinners at the Festival of the Arts Competition in Boca Raton. Trace is currently building a studio in Madison, Wisconsin.

Trace received his Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2012 and his Master’s of Music from Lynn Conservatory in December 2016; his principal instructors have been David Cole, Dr. Melissa Kraut, Joseph Johnson, and Dr. Tanya Carey. Trace is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music as a Collins Fellow studying with cellist and Feldenkreis practitioner, Uri Vardi.

What's the music?

Laura Schwendinger, b. 1962 - All the Pretty Little Horses (2018)

Steven Stucky (1949-2018) - Dialoghi (Studies on a Name) (2006)

J.S. Bach (1685-1750) - Suite No. 3 in C Major (1718-1723)
Allemande, Sarabande, Gigue

Osvaldo Golijov, b. 1960
Omaramor (1991)


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