Patrick Tapio Johnson



Described by critics as “a True Artist of the Cello”, Patrick Tapio Johnson has performed in all of London’s major concert halls, often as a principal cellist, soloist, or chamber musician.  Additionally, he has performed throughout Europe, in India, and in China.

Patrick has worked with many major UK orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Hanover Band and the London Contemporary Orchestra; and as a member of Southbank Sinfonia, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the BBC Concert Orchestra, and the Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields. He has also appeared in recital with the pianists Leslie Howard and Mark Viner, and the cellist Giovanni Sollima.  He has performed under the batons of many eminent conductors, including Sir Antonio Pappano, Vladimir Jurowski, Yuri Temirkanov, Marin Alsop, Vladimir Ashkenazy and John Wilson.

Additionally, Patrick was principal cello in a very memorable concert in the Royal Albert Hall with hard rock legends Deep Purple, and has also performed with Damon Albarn (Blur / Gorillaz), Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet) and Goldfrapp.  He is also active in the world of theatre, having held the position of principal cello in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed revival of Amadeus; he also regularly plays principal cello for Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End.

Furthermore, Patrick is very active in the recording studio, and his solo playing can be heard on many film and TV soundtracks.  These include Emma (Focus / Working Title), Prey (ITV), Dark Mon£y (BBC), Thatcher: A Very British Revolution (BBC), A Chapter in Her Life (Universal), She’s French (Chalfont) and Williams (Curzon / Artificial Eye).  Patrick can be heard on many more soundtracks as a section player.

A very passionate promoter of new music, Patrick has given world premieres of many works for solo cello, plus many more chamber works. Most recently, Marc Yeats composed the solo cello piece “Pathos” for him, which was given its official premiere in June 2013 – Marc has since been inspired to use “Pathos” as the basis for a new cello concerto, entitled “Logos”, also dedicated to Patrick.

Patrick plays on a mysterious 18th-century cello, believed to be Italian and converted from a five-string violoncello piccolo; this is paired with a very fine French bow by Charles Nicolas Bazin.

He lives in London with his wife, the violinist Minsi Yang, and their son Markus.


A true artist of the cello, who coped with the myriad challenges of the work in admirable and compelling fashion… a performance that can only be described as revelatory.

Robert Matthew-Walker

Musical Opinion


1st of November, 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

A Celebration of British Cinema

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Weeden

Piers Lane, piano

2nd of November, 2019

Brighton Dome, Brighton

A Celebration of British Cinema

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Weeden

Piers Lane, piano

3rd of November, 2019

Congress Theatre, Eastbourne

A Celebration of British Cinema

London Philharmonic Orchestra / Weeden

Piers Lane, piano

22nd of November 2019, 19:30

St Peter’s, Belsize Park, London

Mander, Cello Sonata (world premiere)

Delius, Cello Sonata

Poulenc, Cello Sonata
Louis Mander, piano



Alongside his busy performance schedule, Patrick is always glad to impart his knowledge on the next generation of cellists.

Patrick currently teaches cello at Queen Mary University of London, the Cavendish School, Durston House School, Mount House School, and his own private studio. Additionally, he has given televised masterclasses in Guangdong, China. He teaches across all ranges of age and ability, always looking out for passion and dedication in potential students. If you are interested in playing to Patrick, please contact him to arrange.

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