Christine Johnson
  • Instrument First Violin

Member of the Orchestra since


Most memorable experience with the Orchestra

My very first concert with the Orchestra was with Itzhak Perlman. I have been in awe of his playing since I was a child. Not only was it an amazing experience to be playing with the Des Moines Symphony, but also to have Mr. Perlman as the guest artist made it an experience I'll never forget.

How I got started playing my instrument

I started when I was 4 years old. I hardly remember the first few years. My parents assure me I requested to start violin — probably because two of my older brothers had played.

Favorite composer

It's a tie between J. S. Bach and W. A. Mozart.

Favorite solo piece

Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

Other than classical music _____ is on my iPod

So many different things including Natalie McMasters, Chris Thile, Loreena McKennitt, Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Prodigy and Muse.