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Ami-Louise Johnsson - Viola

Biography

Born in Stockholm 2001, violist Ami-Louise Johnsson began her violin studies at the age of 5 with Nina & Oleg Balabine and Hugo Ticciati at the Lilla Akademien. In 2009 she had her solo debut with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Berwaldhallen.
Ami came to London in 2019 to study violin with Prof. David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, but the viola became a part of her life through chamber music. Shortly after picking up the viola she realised that she had a special connection with the instrument, and in February 2020 she changed principal study from violin to viola. Since then, Ami has played recitals in the UK and Scandinavia, and participated in masterclasses with Nobuko Imai, Hartmut Rodhe, Veit Hertenstein and Peijun Xu.

In July 2020, Ami-Louise joined the Talent Unlimited artist scheme, in November she won the Max and Peggy Morgan Viola award at Guildhall and was later selected to participate in the internationally renowned music festival Valdres Sommersymfoni in Norway. Since the start of her London studies, Ami-Louise has had the privilege of being a scholar of the Anglo-Swedish Society.
She was deeply grateful to receive a Junior award from the prestigious Hattori Foundation 2021.

Ami is the violist of the Fibonacci String Quartet, which was formed in September 2019. The quartet is coached and mentored by Krysia Osostowicz, founder and leader of the Dante Quartet. The Fibonacci Quartet is also supported by the Talent Unlimited foundation and has been invited to be a part of the Le Dimore del Quartetto in Milan. In December 2020 the Fibonacci was accepted to attend workshops and masterclasses at the Netherlands String Quartet Academy.

Since their formation they have participated in masterclasses and projects with Adrian Brendel, the Gould Piano Trio, and members of the Endellion, Bozzini and Chilingirian Quartets.
In March 2020 they won both 1st prize and audience prize at the Beethoven Competition for Young Musicians in London, competing against international musicians up to 26 years old. Later that same month they also won the 1st prize at the Saint James Chamber Music competition. This prize included a concert at the famous Saint James Piccadilly church in London.

updated March 2021

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