Sibylle Johner, cellist, has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe. Of a performance in Switzerland, the Landbote wrote, "whenever her eloquent cello spoke, one would suddenly pay attention, and immediately it became clear that a true artist was at work on this instrument."

Deeply committed to chamber music, Ms. Johner has been a member of the Damocles Trio since 1996. Recent trio performances have included an appearance on the Salisbury State University of Maryland Concert Series, a celebration of the music of Ernesto Halffter at the Third Street Music School Settlement, a performance at the 2000 Chamber Music America Conference in New York City, an all-Spanish concert at Merkin Concert Hall, a program of new music by Spanish composers on the North River Music series at the Greenwich House Music School, and participation in the inaugural event of the Foundation for Iberian Music at the City University of New York's Graduate Center in honor of Alicia de Larrocha. Many of the trio's Spanish-themed projects have won the support of the Consulate General of Spain, Instituto Cervantes, and the King Juan Carlos I Center at NYU.

Ms. Johner also was principal cellist in productions of “Le Nozze di Figaro” and “Don Giovanni” at the Caramoor Center for Music and Arts and plays baroque cello regularly on the BachWorks series directed by Anthony Newman. Recent Merkin Hall apperances on baroque cello include concerts with harpsichordist Bradley Brookshire, soprano Dana Hanchard and countertenor Bejun Mehta. Recent performances include recitals for Ohio Wesleyan University, the Embassy Series in Washington DC and a solo appearance with the New York Repertory Orchestra.

Ms. Johner is the string department chair person and a faculty member at the Third Street Music School Settlement in NYC. In the summer she taught at the Milwaukee Chamber Music Festival of the University of Wisconsin and the MidAmerica Chamber Music Institute at the Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, OH.

She is a winner of both the Drake and Zurich Conservatory soloist competitions and recipient of the Dienemann, Ernst Göhner, and Eubie Blake Scholarship Awards. She has studied music in Freiburg, Germany, the Zurich Conservatory, Rutgers University, Drake University, and The Juilliard School, where she was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts degree.

Among Ms. Johner’s teachers have been R.C. Baumberger, Marçal Cervera, Walter Grimmer, Bernard Greenhouse, Stefan Kartman, and Harvey Shapiro. She has studied chamber music with members of the Melos and Juilliard Quartets, Jerome Lowenthal, Felix Galimir, Joseph Fuchs, Myron Kartman, Samuel Sanders, Seymour Lipkin, Theodore Lettvin and Janos Starker.

She participated in the Curso Internacional de Música in Tarragona, Spain, worked with renowned pianist Felix Lavilla at the XVII Curso Manuel de Falla in Granada, and has three years of training in Flamenco dance, including master classes with Manuel Moreno.

In the past, Ms. Johner has been a founding member of the Medici Piano Trio, the Botticelli Duo, and the Modigliani Quartet. In 2001 she founded Catnap Treadmill with her husband, saxophonist Phil Greene. Of a Mozart Quintet performance, the Delaware Gazette wrote, “the pivot, or focus, was the cello, and the interplay between Johner and the others was a delight to behold. It was music-making of the highest order.”

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updated: 8/11/2011