On Tuesday, Jan. 25, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum will welcome Peter Lee Johnson, violinist, for "Improvisations."
Peter Lee Johnson began playing the violin at the age of 4, and was performing by age 9. A current student at the USC Thornton School of Music, Johnson is a member in the inaugural class of the Popular Music Performance Program, a unique music degree program for musical artists in popular music genres like rock, pop, and R&B.
A native of Seattle, Johnson excelled in his high school chamber orchestra, and played in the Seattle Youth Symphony from 2001 to 2009. In 2007 and 2009, he was named the Outstanding Jazz Violin Soloist at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho.
In addition to classical tunes, Johnson plays contemporary favorites, including covers of Katy Perry's "Firework", and Tupac Shakur's "Changes", as well as Taio Cruz's "Dynamite" mixed with a Bach partita. Johnson also works as a studio violinist, and enjoys creating music for film and television.
Johnson can currently be seen playing violin for Glee star Mark Salling, and keyboards for The Beat Advocate, an LA based Hip-Hop, R&B, funk band. His work can also be viewed on his You Tube channel here.
For more information, visit the Athenaeum home page.