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Australian contemporary violinist, string educator, and random mandolinist, Zachary Johnston is a member of several new music ensembles including Arcko Symphonic Project, 3 Shades Black, Argonaut, and Bolt Ensemble.

As part of long-term research (including a completed Masters of Music Performance Teaching) Zac is investigating into how curiosity and New Music is integrated into pedagogy, particularly in string studies. He has taken this philosophy into his education work with various ensembles including conducting State Music Camp, MSO Pizzicato Effect, and a variety of improvisation and New Music workshops for school ensembles. Complementing this, Zac incorporates the live compositional technique of ‘Soundpainting’, created by Walter Thomson, into education and performances in Australia.

Zac performs with Argonaut for the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music (BIFEM), participated in the 2014 and 2016 Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, and performed as part of the 2015 Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA, Massachusetts. He is about to become a monthly cohost with Biddy Connor in a reboot of 3MBS’ “Classically Kids” Saturday morning show.

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