Johannes Jansonius was drawn to music through his fascination for a Romani musician playing in a restaurant when he was only four years old. After convincing his parents to buy him a violin, he mastered the instrument thanks to the teaching of Lise Elson at the University of Calgary, Francis Chaplin at Brandon University, Franco Gulli in Indiana and Sydney Humphreys in British Columbia. He joined the violins section of the OSM in 1986. Johannes Jansonius was a member of the Molinari and Adorno quartets, and of the Yale Piano Trio.
Joined the OSM in: 1986
Previous positions: Professor of Violin at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Taipei Conservatory, Associate Principal Violin of the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Belgium
Model of instrument: Violin by Johannes Gagliano (Naples) dated 1809
First musical love: The Violin Concerto by Johannes Brahms
Scholarships and Awards: Finalist in the Stepping Stone component of the Canadian Music Competition, Evian International Competition, Portsmouth Chamber Music Competition and Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
Favourite composers: Brahms, Bartók, Beethoven.
Interests: Photography, biking, nature, science and woodworking.
If you hadn’t chosen to become a musician, you would be …: A biologist