Korean-American violist Caroline M. Johnston has served as Principal Viola of the Young Hokkaido Chamber Players, Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra and Symphony, Orchestre du Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and National Repertory Orchestra. She has performed chamber music in New York, Boston, Geneva, Sapporo, Seoul, and at the Taos and Thy music festivals, and as a participant at the Académie Pablo Casals Prades, Académie de Musique Tibor Varga Sion, Kuhmo Music Festival Finland, and the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar.
Adopted from Pusan, South Korea at the age of ten months, Ms. Johnston grew up in Acton, Massachusetts. In 2004, she embarked upon a concert tour of South Korea in search of her biological family – a tour that was followed closely by Korean media. Especially poignant performances took place at her former orphanage in Pusan, where she had the opportunity to spend time with children currently living there.
Ms. Johnston’s teachers include Nobuko Imai, Pierre Henri Xuereb, and Samuel Rhodes. She holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in music from The Juilliard School. She performs on a 2001 Joseph Curtin viola.