Trace L. Johnson

Cello Teacher

Trace Johnson

SAA Member


Madison, WI
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Trace Johnson is an adventurous young American cellist whose passionate intellect and effortless musicality inspire all of his endeavors. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Trace now resides and works extensively throughout Florida as a performing cellist and teacher. Whether on stage or in the studio teaching, Trace is a devoted musician and thoughtful communicator.

Trace has appeared as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral musician in a wide variety of settings. Trace has performed as a soloist in Belgium, Holland, Germany, China, Canada, and the United States. In Florida, Trace holds positions with the Sarasota Orchestra, the Southwest Florida Symphony, and the Sarasota Opera; he has performed as a guest artist with the Nu Deco Ensemble, Miami City Ballet, Palm Beach Symphony, Palm Beach Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Boca Symphonia, Orlando Philharmonic, Kravis Pops Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, Miami Symphony, Orchestra Miami, South Florida Symphony, and the New World Symphony. Trace has also served as guest principal cellist at the Nu Deco Ensemble, Southwest Florida Symphony, and the South Florida Symphony.

Trace has performed in chamber recitals with faculty from SUNY Purchase University, University of Toronto, Florida Atlantic University, Lynn Conservatory, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida International University, Shenandoah University, and Queens College in New York City. Recently, Trace performed with the Astralis Chamber Ensemble during their 2019 tour through North and South Carolina.

Trace was a fellowship recipient at the Atlantic Music Festival in Watertown, ME, Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC, and the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, a nationally acclaimed chamber music festival in Madison, WI.  At BDDS, Trace was a member of the ‘Dynamite Factory’ Young Artist Program ( for their 2017 and 2018 seasons. During summer studies in North Carolina and Maine, Trace collaborated with composers George Tsontakis, Donald Crockett, Ken Ueno, and Sol-bong Kim and performed their chamber works; Trace also performed with the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, conducted by Gerard Schwarz, and shared the stage with eminent artists Midori, Anne Akiko-Myers, Stefan Jackiw, Awadagin Pratt, William Wolfram, and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenburg.

As a composer and arranger, Trace has had works performed at the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society in Madison, WI and the National Music Festival in Chestertown, MD. While performing with the crossover string octet, Barrage 8, during their 2015-16 season, Trace improvised cello solos in more than seventy concerts around the world, ( In April 2017,  Mr. Johnson co-wrote the soundtrack for the indie movie Christmas Trees with Jack Whaley, Director of Photography at Shine United; Christmas Trees debuted at the Wisconsin Film Festival at Sundance Theaters in Madison, WI in the spring of 2017. Christmas Trees is available to view here.

In 2014, while a student at Lynn Conservatory, Trace performed the Brahms Double Concerto with the Lynn Philharmonia after winning its annual concerto competition. Later that year, Trace won first prize in the 2014 Lyric Chamber Society of New York’s Chamber Competition with his piano quintet and performed at the Kosciuszko Foundation in NYC in May 2015. In March 2017, Trace also won first prize at the John Oliveira String Competition at Lynn Conservatory. Trace won one-thousand dollars and performed works by Janáček, Barber, Beethoven, George Crumb, and Chopin in three different recitals throughout South Florida.

In addition to being an active and dynamic performer, Trace Johnson is a devoted educator; he has served as string instructor, group class leader, and private teacher in a variety of settings in Cleveland, Ohio and Southern Florida. In 2014-15, Trace was the primary cello instructor at the Palm Beach Suzuki School of Music in West Palm Beach and, in the summer of 2015, attained Suzuki Pedagogy Certification in Chicago, Illinois, with Dr. Tanya Carey. Trace currently holds teaching positions at the Palm Beach Suzuki School of Music in West Palm Beach, Florida ( In Florida, Trace has also held teaching positions at U.B. Kinsey Elementary in West Palm Beach, Plumosa School of the Arts in Delray Beach, St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, and North Broward Preparatory School in Cocoanut Creek.

Trace received his Bachelor of Music in cello performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2012 and his Master’s of Music from Lynn Conservatory in December 2016. Mr. Johnson’s principal instructors have been David Cole, Dr. Melissa Kraut, Joseph Johnson, and Dr. Tanya Carey; other instructors include Peter Salaff, Alisa Weilerstein, Lynn Harrell, Eleanor Schoenfeld, Mark Kosower, Stephen Geber, Tony Ross, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Richard Weiss, Parry Karp, Joseph Johnson, Hans Jensen and members of the Ying Quartet, Pro Arte Quartet, Cavani String Quartet, and San Francisco Piano Trio. Mr. Johnson has played under Gerard Schwarz, JoAnn Faletta, Guillermo Figueroa, Leonard Slatkin, Asher Fisch, Jeffery Myers, Tito Muñoz, John DeMain, Marcelo Lehninger, Michael Stern, and James Feddeck.