Royal Opera House Appoints New Concertmaster

By Francisco Salazar

The Royal Opera House has announced a new concertmaster.

The company said that it had appointed Magnus Johnston as the leader of the ⁦Royal Opera House Orchestra.

Johnston was formally part of the Navarra Quartet, prior to his appointment and was a Guest Leader of OROH for performances of “The Magic Flute,” “Theodora,” “Lohengrin” and “Werther.” He has worked alongside Sir. Antonio Pappano, Harry Bicket, and Jakub Hrůša.

His first official performance with the OROH will be The Royal Ballet’s “Don Quixote” on Sept. 30, 2023.

The violinist began his musical life as a chorister in the choir of King’s College Cambridge alongside his brothers Guy and Rupert and went on to study the violin at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In recent years he has served as a Guest Leader and Principal performing with many orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, ENO, Hallé, and both the Scottish and Australian chamber orchestras.