Miss. Jillian Johnson

Violin Teacher

Jillian Johnson

SAA Member


Las Vegas, NV
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Violinist Jillian Johnson, 18, a recent graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy (IAA), currently studies at the University of Texas at Austin with Brian Lewis and the Miró Quartet under full scholarship. Jillian teaches for the UT String Project, heralded as one of the finest of programs for the training of teachers and the development of young talent, directed by Dr. Laurie Scott. She received her Violin Unit 1 Suzuki Training at the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute in 2017 with Ann Montzka-Smelser. Developing a versatile career as an orchestral, chamber, and solo musician, Jillian has performed in several ensembles and venues across the United States, including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, and the Smith Center for Performing Arts. Jillian was awarded 2nd place in the American Protege International Concerto Competition and 3rd place in the AADGT International Chamber Competition. As an advocator for new music, Jillian has premiered compositions by Jennifer Higdon, Mason Bates, Nico Muhly, Hannah Lash, Ashley Fure, and Andrew Boss. She performed for IAA in the 2016 New York Philharmonic Biennial and collaborated with contemporary ensemble eighth blackbird. She served as concertmaster of the IAA Orchestra for the premiere of “The Three Musketeers” by Michael Thurber on From The Top Live with Christopher O’Riley. Jillian has played under the baton of Gerhardt Zimmermann, JoAnn Falletta, Jung Ho Pak, Christopher Rountree, Victor Yampolsky, Carlos Kalmar, Erik Nielson, Carolyn Watson, Taras Krysa and Karl Reinarz. Additional principal teachers include Shakeh Ghoukasian at Nevada School of the Arts, whose artistic, foundational, and technical knowledge heavily influenced her formative years. This led Jillian to study with Ara Sarkissian at IAA, whose guidance and encouragement prepared her for college.