M. A., Music, Indiana University
B.A., Music, Indiana University
David Johnson won a position in the viola section of the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic as a high school senior. Awarded a scholarship to attend Butler University (Indianapolis), he transferred after two years to Indiana University, where he completed, with high distinction, bachelors and masters degrees in viola performance. While a student at Indiana, he performed a series of concerts in New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall with the Indiana University Doctoral String Quartet.
After graduating from college, David was appointed Principal Viola of the Iceland Symphony, where he was featured as soloist numerous times with pianist Debra Gold on the Iceland National Radio. David then returned to the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, serving as Principal Violist for 9 years. While there, he was a founding member of the Freimann String Quartet and the Northeastern Indiana Chamber Music Festival. David was also appointed Assistant Principal Violist of the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago for 12 years, soloing with that orchestra in 1994.
In 1992, David joined the newly formed Langroise Trio, Artist in Residence at The College of Idaho, and is the principal violist of the Boise Philharmonic. He has performed concertos by J.C. Bach, J.S. Bach, Bartok, Berlioz, Mozart, Ranjbaran, Stamitz, Vaughn-Williams, and Walton with such orchestras as the Grant Park Symphony, Ft. Wayne Philharmonic, Atheneum Orchestra (Indianapolis), and the Boise Philharmonic In addition he has been a member of the South Bend Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, Owensboro Symphony, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, and the Northwest Indiana Symphony. He has been a member of the Sun Valley Orchestra and taught at the Sun Valley Summer Music Workshops, and since 2007 has served as the Artistic Director of the Sun Valley Symphony Summer Workshops.
David’s wife, Deborah Wynkoop, teaches music in the Caldwell School District, and his sons all play instruments: Eric, the cello; Scott, the violin; and Greg, the string bass.