About Johnny

Johnny Gandelsman's musical voice reflects the artistic collaborations he has been a part of since moving to the United States in 1995. As a founding member of
Brooklyn Rider and a member of the Silk Road Ensemble, Johnny has closely worked with such luminaries as Yo-Yo Ma, Bono, Osvaldo Golijov, David Byrne, Bela Fleck,
Kayhan Kalhor, Suzanne Vega, Mark Morris, Anne Sofie Van Otter, Alim Qasimov &
Fargana Qasimova and Joshua Redman. Gandelsman integrates a wide range of
creative sensibilities into a unique style amongst today's violinists, one that
according to the Boston Globe, possesses "a balletic lightness of touch and a sense of whimsy and imagination".

Highlights of the past season include winning a Grammy award for Best World
Music album as a member and producer of Silk Road Ensemble's latest album, "Sing
Me Home"; premiering newly commissioned Cinco Danzas for violin solo by Edward Perez in Minnesota, and performing Philip Glass' "Madrigal Opera" in Brooklyn NY. Upcoming season includes Lou Harrison's Centennial celebration in Boston; release of the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin & Brooklyn Rider's "Spontaneous Symbols" on In a Circle Records.


A passionate advocate for new music, Johnny has premiered dozens of works written for Brooklyn Rider and Silk Road Ensemble. He has premiered works by Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin, Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, Vijay Iyer, Bela Fleck, Daniel Cords, Rubin Kodheli, Dana Lyn, Gabriel Kahane, Colin Jacobsen, Shara Worden, John Zorn, Christina Courtin, Ethan Iverson, Padma Newsome, Gregory Saunier, Evan Ziporyn, Bill Frisell and Nik Bartsch, as well as a violin concerto by Gonzalo Grau, commissioned for Johnny by Community Music Works.


Johnny was born in Moscow into a family of musicians. His father Yuri is a professor of Viola at Michigan State University, his mother Janna is a pianist, and his sister Natasha is a violinist as well. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner, Amber Star, and their two kids, Julius Ivry and Raiya Leone.