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James Johnstone (Organ, Harpsichord)

Born: London, England

The English organist and harpsichordist, James Johnstone, studied organ and harpsichord with Jill Severs in London and Ton Koopman in The Hague.

After studies, James Johnstone has forged a career as recitalist, chamber musician, continuo player and teacher. For some 20 years he has been active as a continuo player on the UK early music scene, playing with all of the major ensembles, notably as a principal of the Gabrieli Consort & Players (Director: Paul McCreesh) with whom he gave hundreds of concerts and made 22 recordings. He has also performed with Boston Symphony Orchestra (Bernard Haitink), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Pinchas Zuckemann), European Community Chamber Orchestra (Yehudi Menuhin).

As a recitalist, James Johnstone has performed throughout the UK as well as in Belgium, Colombia, Denmark, Equador, France, Holland, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and most recently the USA.

Chamber music has always been of primary importance to James Johnstone. enjoys a varied musical life working mainly within the period instrument world. He has been a core member of Florilegium since 2001 (10 discs and tours of Europe and the Americas), and a member of a number of ensembles, including Trio Sonnerie, Trinity Baroque, I Furiosi (Toronto), Harmonie Universelle (Köln), London Baroque and La Serenissima, and the Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists (Director: John Eliot Gardiner).

He appears on 22 recordings on Deutsche Grammophon with the Gabrieli Consort & Players, 10 discs with Florilegium, and has has made 6 unanimously acclaimed solo discs of works by Blow, Gibbons, E Pasquini, Cornet, Elizabethan Virginalists, a J.S. Bach organ recital (Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam) and J.S. Bachs Clavier-Übung Part III (Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim).

Much in demand as a teacher, James Johnstone is Professor of early keyboards at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at Trinity College of Music, and has given master-classes in Europe and the USA.

Source: James Johnstone Website; Tro Sonnereie Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (November 2016)

James Johnstone: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works
Reviews of Instrumental Recordings:
Bach Organ Works from James Johnstone

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




John Ekiot Gardiner

Organ, Harpsichord

Member of English Baroque Soloists:
BCP Vol. 28 (2012):
BWV 43, BWV 37, BWV 128, BWV 11
F-1 (2013)
BWV 106 [2nd], BWV 249 [1st]
F-3 (2014):
BWV 199 [2nd]
F-7 (2016):
BWV 233, BWV 151 [2nd recording], BWV 243a
V-9 (2011):
BWV 225-230, BWV Anh 159
V-13 (2013):
BWV 232 [2nd recording]
V-10 (2015):
BWV 232 [3nd recording]
V-11 (2015, Video)
BWV 232 [4th recording]
V-12 (2016):
BWV 244 [2nd recording]

Paul Goodwin


BWV 244 [1994]

Charles Hunphries


Member of: Kontrabande:
C-1 (-2001):
BWV 53, BWV 54, BWV 170; Sinfonias from BWV 21, BWV 49, BWV 76; Concerto for Oboe d'amore, BWV 1055

Paul McCreesh

Organ, Harpsichord

Member of Gabrieli Consort & Players:
C-1 (1997):
BWV 65, BWV 180, BWV 233, BWV 238
V-1 (2000);
BWV 243, BWV 249
V-2 (2002):
BWV 244

Julian Podger


Member of Trinity Baroque:
V-1 (2006):
BWV 225-229

Graham Ross


C-1 (2017): BWV 80, BWV 79

Ashley Solomon


Member of Florilegium:
C-1 (2005):
BWV 82a, BWV 199; Sinfonia from BWV 146; Orchestral Suite No. 2 BWV 1067
C-2 (2007):
BWV 209

Links to other Sites

James Johnstone Harpsichordist, Organist & Early Keyboard Specialist (Official Website)
James Johnstone on Facebook
Trio Sonnerie: Biographies: James Johnstone
La Serenissima: James Johnstone
James Johnstone - harpsichord (Hyperion)

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