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Art & Life with Blake-Anthony Johnson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Blake-Anthony Johnson.

Blake-Anthony, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m an Atlanta, GA native who was a self-taught cellist until attending college. I attended Vanderbilt University for my undergraduate studies, subsequently getting my masters, and artist diplomas abroad in Europe and here in the US. I often fail to realize how much has happened the last ten years until I really sit down and think about it, but it has been a rewarding journey thus far.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m currently a cellist in the New World Symphony here in Miami Beach, Florida. The majority of my concerts are on stage with 86 of my colleagues to play large symphonic works, however, I spend a good amount of time performing chamber and solo works in cities around the world.

The role of a musician is all-encompassing, but ultimately my goal is to act as a bridge. Whether it is a bridge to connect people or one to connect individuals to a deeper understanding of themselves, musicians play an important role in leading the charge for a more progressive and meaningful society.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
Embrace failure. Nothing really teaches or pushes you as much as failure. I’ve found that it is the moments that don’t make it in magazines or my Instagram that has really been the most important in my development.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I perform almost every week at the New World Center where audience members can see me in different roles depending on the week. Outside of performing I also work with several other organizations that focus on education and social issues in the Miami area that can be found on my website and on most social media platforms as they come up.

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Image Credit:
John Allen
Craig Weiglein
Mary Strubbe

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