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  • Khari Joyner


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    Khari Joyner


    Described by the New York Classical Review as “one of the most exciting young musicians on the classical scene”, Khari Joyner has a following both nationally and abroad as a versatile soloist, chamber musician, and ambassador for the arts. He has made numerous guest appearances with orchestras and ensembles across the world, including two recent performances of both Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto in A Minor and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which received rave reviews. In addition, he has given many cello masterclasses and lectures at notable institutions, most recently at Stetson University and Oberlin Conservatory. Joyner also received the 2017-2018 career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund, which nominates and endows a select number of gifted artists with generous funding to further their careers. Joyner has also performed for Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, the latter for which he gave a private performance in the Oval Office. A passionate advocate for the music of the 21st century, Joyner has collaborated and given performances of works by major composers such as Tyshawn Sorey, Carman Moore, Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg, among many others.

    Degrees Held

    The Juilliard School, D.M.A., 

    The Juilliard School, Accelerated BM/MM 

    Columbia University, Mathematics Concentration 

    Professional Affiliation

    Mannes Prep, Cello Faculty and Instructor

    The Juilliard School, Teaching and Faculty Assistant, Cello

    Sarah Lawrence College, Substitute Cello Faculty 


    Recent Publications

    "The Vertex: An Analysis of the Intersection of Mathematics and Music for the 21st-Century Student and Performer", Dissertation, 2019 

    Performances and Appearances

    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Mulligan; Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations Robert Spano; Haydn C Major Cello Concerto Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto in A Minor Axiom Ensemble, Jeffrey Milarsky; Kaija Saariaho ‘NOTES ON LIGHT’** The Juilliard Wind Orchestra, Mark Gould; Ibert Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra  American Composers Orchestra, George Manahan; Carman Moore ‘MADIBA’ *  New Juilliard Ensemble, Joel Sachs; Valentin Bibik Cello Concerto No. 2†  The Juilliard Orchestra, Hans Graf; Britten Symphony for Cello and Orchestra New Jersey Symphony, John Morris Russell; Dvořák Cello Concerto in B minor  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Matthew Kraemer; Dvořák Cello Concerto in B Minor New World Symphony, Teddy Abrams; Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Damian Gupton; Boccherini Cello Concerto in Bb Major    

    Research Interests

    Mathematics and Music

    Contemporary Music and Interactive Performance 

    Awards And Honors

    2019 Benzaquen Career Grant

    2017-2018 Annenberg Fellowship Career Grant


    Past Courses

    Lesson 1 hour
    RAML 0300, Spring 2024

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