Scott St. John
When you meet Scott, ask him… What is his favorite Disney character? Where all has he traveled? What is one of his favorite meals?
Scott St. John, a violinist from London Ontario Canada, has enjoyed a varied musical career of chamber music, teaching and solo playing. His current musical passions include many kinds of new music, American composer Charles Ives, and the music of Dvorak. He lives in Canada with his wife Sharon Wei and daughter Julia.
Scott was a member of the St. Lawrence String Quartet and faculty member at Stanford University for seven years, from 2006 – 2013. The SLSQ had an intense touring schedule, with performances all over the US, and toured Korea, China, Finland, Estonia, Germany, Holland, Italy and Colombia with programs ranging from Haydn to R. Murray Schafer. SLSQ presented a new John Adams work in 2012 titled “Absolute Jest” for String Quartet and Orchestra, with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.
Scott made his Carnegie debut in 1988 after winning 1st prize in the Alexander Schneider Competition; he has also won the Young Concert Artists Award. Here’s a few unusual places Scott has played: Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Alaska, St. Wenceslaus Church in Spillville, Iowa and Griffith Park in Los Angeles (at 2 am). Scott maintains an ongoing relationship with the Marlboro Music Festival, including summers in Vermont and national tours with Musicians From Marlboro. His solo recordings include an all-Dvorak CD, a disc featuring Poulenc and Martinu with pianist Rena Sharon, and 2 volumes of Paganini works for violin and guitar. A recent recording of Mozart’s Symphonia Concertante with his sister Lara St. John won a Juno Award for best recording: solo with orchestra.
Scott began his violin studies at age three with Richard Lawrence. Other influential teachers include David Cerone, Arnold Steinhardt and Felix Galimir. Current non-musical activities include serving on the boards of the London Organic Food Co-op and Transport Action Ontario, which advocates for better rail service.