Marije was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra for many years with whom she toured the world and had unforgettable experiences like playing Beethoven’s ninth symphony at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus Roman Theatre in Athens for an audience of 5000 people.
It was under the guidance of the late Dr. Christopher Rowland, director of chamber music at the RNCM, that she founded the Navarra Quartet and fell in love with chamber music. The Navarra Quartet went on to win numerous top prizes in major international quartet competitions such as the Florence, Melbourne and Banff competitions and won awards such as a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship, MIDEM Outstanding Artist of the Year award and the Kersjes Prize of 50.000 euros in the Netherlands.
In July 2020 their newly released CD ‘Love and Death’ received critical acclaim and was praised for its imaginative programming and emotional depth. They have toured extensively throughout Europe, Australia and the Far East, playing in wonderful venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Concertgebouw and Louvre.
The Quartet are the proud artistic directors of the Weesp Chamber Music Festival in Holland.
Marije is passionate about teaching children and taught at Chetham’s School of Music for many years. With the Navarra Quartet she was quartet in residence at the Royal Northern College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and Repton School. She also gave educational workshops at concert halls such as the Wigmore Hall and at many state and private schools around the country and abroad.
Marije is in much demand as a chamber musician and is frequently invited to perform with ensembles such as the Aronowitz, Schubert and London Bridge Ensembles and Fibonacci Sequence.
Marije plays a F. Cuypers kindly loaned to her by the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds in the Netherlands.
Live from Southwold: Southwold Sonatas
SUNDAY, 8 NOVEMBER 2020 - 8:00PM
Violinist Marije Johnston is joined by pianist Nathan Williamson for a concert from St Edmund's Church in Southwold. The evening includes three sonatas by Mozart, Prokofiev and Brahms.
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