I am very excited to share with you a video recording from a recent recital with my pianist friend and colleague, Victor Stanislavsky. This performance features works by Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Chopin and took place at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel. Victor and I met in 2006 at the Steans Institute and Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Since then we have performed together often and we are developing exciting plans for the future. Stay tuned for more info about our upcoming concerts and events! Here is a link to our recording of Brahms' Sonata no. 2 in F Major for Cello and Piano. Enjoy the music, and thank you for visiting here at www.danejohansen.com. Your interest and support is very much appreciated.
PictureThe Cello Mob, enjoying a doughnut in Fairbanks.
This summer included some very exciting concerts and some wonderful opportunities to work with young cellists. I visited my home town of Fairbanks Alaska to teach and perform at the Fairbanks Suzuki Institute. It seemed like the whole town showed up for my recital there and the kids were really excited to have lessons and to work with all of the other cellists in what they call the Cello Mob. I had a blast and really enjoyed the opportunity to return to Alaska and give back to the community that gave me so much. I'll be returning again in October and will look forward to catching up with all the young cellists in Fairbanks! The key to winning over cellists of any age - Doughnuts.

PictureDuring a master class in Ithaca.
Following my trip to Alaska, I traveled to Ithaca, New York to teach and perform at the Ithaca Suzuki Institute. The week there was wonderful. The recital went very well, and the kids were all inspired, super excited about playing their instruments and working hard to improve. I always love returning to Ithaca - I was a student there when I was a kid! My mother has taught the violin during the summer in Ithaca for a long time, so I used to travel there with her and work with Gilda Barston in what was called 'Cello Boot Camp!' Again, it was so nice to return and give something back to a place that was special to me as a young cellist.

PictureThe cellists at Lyra Summer Music Workshop.
I very much enjoyed a first experience at the Lyra Summer Music Workshop in Randolph, Vermont. As is usually the case with young musicians (and especially cellists), the kids at Lyra were great. They were so eager to learn, very talented and so appreciative of the master class. As usual, I had a blast performing a recital for the students. If you have young students, you should definitely consider sending them to Lyra. They are sure to grow immeasurably and have fun doing it!

It was an honor to return to Cape Cod and perform for the Wellfleet community at the annual fundraising concert for the Outer Cape Health Services, a local organization that helped my teacher, Bernard Greenhouse, and his wife during their lives on the Cape. Bernie started the concert series to benefit the OCHS and the series continues to this day in his memory.

After five wonderful years with my colleagues in the Escher String Quartet, I have decided to leave the quartet and follow a new path, pursue my own projects, and to focus on my solo career and my teaching. I am really excited for this new chapter and know that it will be one full of new opportunities, learning, and perhaps a new city! I have lived in New York for almost ten years and I am looking forward to the possibility of returning to the West Coast of the United States, or possibly returning to Europe. It is an incredible thing to have such exciting options before me! I want to thank my colleagues, Adam Barnett-Hart, Aaron Boyd, Pierre Lapointe and our former second violinist, WuJie. They were the best colleagues anyone could hope for and making music with them throughout the past five seasons has been a joy and a privilege. I am so grateful for all of the wonderful opportunities I enjoyed as a member of the Escher Quartet and I wish those fine musicians all the best as they continue in their career together. They have elected to continue with a wonderful young cellist named Brook Speltz. He and they are in good company and I know they will rise to great musical heights together.

As we approach the new year, we also approach the 99th birthday of Bernard Greenhouse. He was an incredible presence in the lives of many cellists, including myself. I was looking through some old files, and I found this draft of some memories and observations I shared at Greenhouse's memorial at The Juilliard School in 2011. Thinking about him still, and remembering all the good times prompted me to find this and share it with you. I hope it brings you back in some way or paints a picture for those of you who never met him. He was an incredible teacher, a generous spirit and all around  a wonderful man. Click 'Read More' to read the script from 2011...

I could not be more excited to perform with my good friend Victor Stanislavsky this coming Monday at the Museum of Art in Tel Aviv. In October, Victor traveled to New York City and performed the program with me three times; in a house concert, at the American Irish Historical Society, and at the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center. All three concerts were very well attended and everyone we heard from loved the program which features works by Beethoven, Schumann, Bloch, Brahms and Chopin. Victor and I are old friends and first performed together in 2006 at the Steans Institute of the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Since then we have always wanted to work together but only managed this year to put together a collaboration. What I love most about playing with Victor is the opportunity to work closely with someone who sees each score in a very special way. Victor is always pointing out facets of the music I had not previously heard which makes working with him a very inspiring process. I always learn so much from Victor and our communication in rehearsal and on stage is some of the best I have experienced. Our concert is Monday, November 24th at 8:00 PM. For details click HERE.

We invite you to join us for a concert on October 19th at the beautiful American Irish Historical Society. Located on 5th Avenue at 80th street, the AIHS was founded in 1897 to inform the world of the achievements of the Irish in America. Dane is joined by the extraordinary pianist, Victor Stanislavsky in a program featuring works by Beethoven, Bloch, Schumann, Brahms and Chopin. For tickets and more information, visit the AIHS website.

After 40 days walking across Spain with my cello on my back, I arrived at the Cathedral de Santiago, a destination for pilgrims since the seventh century. I was almost at the end of my journey, one of profound personal and musical significance that had exceeded all of my expectations. Listening to the hushed tones of the pipe organ, I was finally able to reflect on the magic and wonder of my journey on the Camino de Santiago. My adventure began in 2008. Inspired by a friend’s experience on the Appalachian Trail, I began to imagine how I could combine my passion for music with my love for the outdoors and adventure. Searching for my own long journey, I found the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage route across Spain. A Christian pilgrimage since the 6th and 7th centuries, many beautiful churches line the route which I imagined would be ideal s During my studies in the Artist Diploma Program at The Juilliard School, I was searching for a new way to approach recording the Six Suites for Solo Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach; a rite of passage for all cellists. In my own life, I had been fascinated by Bach’s masterpieces for cello ever since I learned the Suite in G Major as a young boy. I realized that recording the Bach Suites in churches along the Camino de Santiago would be a perfect continuation of my lifelong musical pilgrimage with Bach. My plan developed to include the production of a documentary film about the Camino de Santiago, featuring the stories of many pilgrims, Bach’s Cello Suites, and my own musical journey. To continue reading click "Read More."

Marcha a Fisterra – Viaje de un cellista
Por Dane Johansen 
Traducido al español por Carolina Landriscini

Llegué a la Catedral de Santiago, destino de peregrinos desde el siglo XVII, tras 40 días caminando a través de España con el cello a la espalda. Estaba casi al final de mi viaje, un trayecto lleno de significado personal y musical que había rebasado todas mis expectativas, y al escuchar el sonido quedo de un órgano, finalmente me sentía capaz de reflejar la magia y la maravilla de mi viaje por el Camino de Santiago. Mi aventura había comenzado en 2008, inspirándome en la experiencia de un amigo en el Sendero de los Montes Apalaches, empecé a preguntarme de qué manera podría combinar mi pasión por la música con mi amor por la naturaleza y la aventura. A la búsqueda de mi propio camino encontré el Camino de Santiago, una antigua ruta de peregrinaje que cruza España. Un peregrinaje católico que existe desde los siglos VI-VII, y cuyo trayecto está salpicado de hermosas iglesias que yo imaginaba como espacios ideales para llenar de música... Para continuar leyendo haga clic en "Read More."