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Malcolm Johnston

Sub-Principal Viola

Member since 1996, Professor at Trinity Laban

‘As both of my parents were classical musicians, I was deeply immersed in music from a very early age. Growing up in Aberdeen I remember attending the many concerts given by the LSO there as part of their Shell LSO Tour. I had never heard such energy and commitment. This was the moment when the LSO became part of my life.’

Malcolm Johnston earned his Bachelor’s degree at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and continued his post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

In 1992 Malcolm became violist with the Amernet String Quartet in the US, with whom he played for four years. The quartet won numerous major awards, including the Gold Medal at the 1992 Tokyo International Chamber Music Competition. More recently he has worked as guest violist with the Leopold String Trio at the Edinburgh Festival and the Snape Proms and also participated in the Chamber Music Series at the Wigmore Hall with the LPO Chamber Players.