John Englund performs regularly with the Utah Symphony and Utah Chamber Orchestra. He is an avid chamber musician and instructor of viola and violin. John began his studies on piano at the age of four, violin at age five and viola at age eleven. At that time, he began performing regularly with his family string quartet throughout the Intermountain Region. After early admission to college, John studied viola with Walter Trampler at Boston University. John was also tutored by Eugene Lehner, Leonard Shure and George Neikrug. John was a fellow at the Tanglewood Institute for two consecutive summers and was the founding violist of the Artaria String Quartet, a quartet in residence at Boston University. He was violist and secretary of the Chamber Players of the Commonwealth and served as principal violist of the Elkhorn Music Festival.
John has toured nationally and internationally with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and pop music legends Diana Ross and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. John also won the principal viola chair of the Philharmonica de Caracas and the co-principal chair of the Mexico City Philharmonic. John’s performing career includes every type of music from Baroque and Classical to rock concerts and Broadway shows, such as Sweeney Todd and Phantom of the Opera.
In 1974 John was appointed assistant principal viola of the Boston Ballet Orchestra. In this position, he performed for and toured with virtually every major ballet company including the Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Moscow Ballet and the Danish Royal Ballet. John maintained his position with the Boston Pops Orchestra and continued to tour nationally and internationally, beginning with Arthur Fiedler and continuing under the baton of John Williams. Under the direction of Joseph Silverstein, John was principal violist of the Worcester Orchestra. Other orchestras John has performed with regularly are the Pro-Arte Chamber Orchestra, as co-principal violist; and Boston Concert Opera, as principal violist for ten years.
In 1990, John returned to Salt Lake City to be closer to family and the great outdoors. John teaches and performs regularly in Salt Lake and throughout Utah. He was appointed adjunct professor of viola and violin at the University of Utah in 1991.
- Violin - Private Lessons
- Viola - Private Lessons