Scott St. John

Violin/Viola (Chamber Music Institute Mentor)

Violinist Scott St. John, from London, Ontario, is known for his joyful style of music-making and inspiring chamber music coaching. Scott is Concertmaster of the innovative ROCO Chamber Orchestra in Houston, Texas, and returns frequently to the summertime Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. From 2018 to 2021 he was Director of Chamber Music at The Colburn School in Los Angeles.

Early violin success with teacher Richard Lawrence in London, Ontario, gave Scott a path to the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the chance to work with David Cerone, Arnold Steinhardt, and Felix Galimir. After winning the Alexander Schneider Competition and playing a Carnegie Hall debut, NYC pulled Scott into its orbit, where Young Concert Artists gave him fabulous opportunities for performance. In addition to a magical year of working at the Disney Store in Times Square, Scott has been Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, and Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University as part of the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

Scott has received an Avery Fisher Career Grant and won a JUNO Award for recording Mozart with his sister, Lara St. John. He has founded two chamber music awards for students: the Felix Galimir Award at the University of Toronto and the Ida Levin Award at the Colburn School. Scott loves chamber music, Dvořak, new music, music by less-known composers, and a great espresso. He has been to all the Canadian provinces, 49 of the United States, and would prefer to travel by train when practical. He is married to violist Sharon Wei and they have a 10-year-old daughter named Julia.