Dane Johansen, cello

A veteran of the concert stage, cellist Dane Johansen has performed on five continents in more than twenty countries. A native of Fairbanks Alaska, Johansen join the Cleveland Orchestra in 2016. Mr. Johansen studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, and at the Juilliard School, where he earned his artist diploma. In 2014, he walked 580 miles along the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain with his cello on his back, performing Bach’s Suites in 36 concerts along the way. The story of his adventure on the Camino with Bach was made into a documentary film.

Music from The Western Reserve is pleased to announce their 35th year to showcase Dane Johansen, cello as their premiere concert of the season on Sunday, September 17 at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson. Formerly, the cellist of the Escher String Quartet for five years, Johansen has recently joined The Cleveland Orchestra at the beginning of March of 2016.

Johansen has performed as a soloist and chamber musician all over the world. He has performed in five continents and in more than 20 countries in venues including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Konzerthaus Berlin, Alice Tully Hall, and the Kennedy Center. The New York Times acclaimed him for his “brave virtuosity” and “staggering aplomb.”

The love of J.S. Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello has taken much dedication from Johansen for many years starting when he was a young child. The suites have been recently celebrated by Johansen in his recent documentary Strangers on the Earth, which aired at the Cleveland Film Festival this past year. Johansen led a musical pilgrimage in May of 2014 called The Walk to Fisterra, where he walked 580 miles along the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain with his cello on his back, performing Bach’s Suites in ancient churches along the way.

Johansen is prepared to show a portion of his documentary of Strangers on the Earth during his performance for Music from The Western Reserve. Johansen will perform J.S. Bach’s Cello Suites No. 1, 4, and 6.


Sunday, September 17, 2017 5:00 pm  Christ Church Episcopal

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