JOHN ROMAN GALLANT
John Gallant was born in 2003 and started studying the violin at the age of 4. His first public performance took place in 2009 in front of a 5000-strong audience at the Maslenitsa Festival in London.
In 2011 he won the First Prize in two categories at the Richmond-upon-Thames Festival Competition.
In 2012 he won the First Prize in the International Competition for Young Instrumentalists “America’s Golden Strings”; this resulted in his appearance at Carnegie Hall in March 2013.
John performed at the International Festival “Moscow Meets Friends” under the patronage of Vladimir Spivakov in June 2012. In December 2012 he performed at the Moscow International House of Music, invited there by the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation.
In May 2013 he played Charles Auguste de Beriot's Concerto No.9 with the St Mary Magdalen’s Orchestra. He has been invited to perform the music of Handel at the Handel Museum in London and appeared at London’s Cadogan Hall in June 2013 performing Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto. He has been selected by the Mozart Italia Association at the International Music Master Classes and Festival in Narni, Italy in August 2013 and in August 2014 as the youngest musician to play in the festival’s orchestra there. He has been studying the violin with Professor Natalia Lomeiko at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, where he has been studying from September 2013. He led the String Orchestra of the Junior Department since September 2016. He was also a music scholar at Sussex House School in London where he was awarded the “Instrumentalist of the Year” Prize each year between 2013 and 2017.
In May 2014 John participated in various categories in the Ealing Festival Competition in London. He won the Junior Concerto Cup and Golden Medal (String Section, under 14s), 1st Prize and Golden Medal (Piano, under 12s), The John Juviler Cup for “The Most Promising String Talent” aged 16 and under. He also performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of St Mary Magdalen in May 2014 performing Louis Spohr Violin Concerto No. 2.
In June 2014 he won the Hugh Bean Violin competition (the only violin competition at the Junior Department) at the Royal College of Music in London.
He has performed Haydn Violin Concerto in G Major with the Silk Street Sinfonia at St James’ Piccadilly in April 2015 and Vitali’s Chaconne for Violin and orchestra with the St Mary Magdalen’s Orchestra in May 2015. In the same month he has again appeared in Moscow at Vladimir Spivakov International Festival at the Pushkin State Museum.
In October 2015 he was the youngest instrumentalist in the country to be selected by the Royal Philharmonic Society in their Young Instrumentalist of the Year Prize.
John has been also selected to perform in the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain in December 2015 and was the winner of the String Section of Emunah Young Instrumentalist of the Year 2016 in February 2016. He has also performed at a special charitable gala for the Rotenberg Foundation as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in February 2016 and in May 2016 performed Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No 3 with the orchestra of St Mary Magdalen.
In October 2016 on a special invitation John performed at the House of Lords. In December 2016 John was selected among many applicants to perform in the Main National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain.
In May 2017 he was again invited to perform as part of the International Festival “Moscow Meets Friends” at the legendary Pushkin Museum as well as at the International House of Music.
In September 2017 John has joined Eton College where he is a music scholar and a student of Professor Natalia Lomeiko. He won both 2018 and 2019 Eton Advanced Junior String Competition. He has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2018- 2019 season performing with the orchestra in such prestigious halls as the Royal Albert Hall and Berlin Konzerthaus. He has passed his DipABRSM in July 2019 with distinction. John has also started an orchestra London Young Soloists where he is a leader in March 2019 and the orchestra has already performed in several prestigious UK venues. John is a keen chamber music player and enjoys playing in his piano trio with his colleagues from the Royal College of Music, the pianist Calvin Leung and cellist Megan Clarke. John also plays guitar and writes his own songs which he started publishing on his own YouTube Channel.
Piano John was also studying piano with Professor Danielle Salamon at the JD at the Royal College of Music and from 2017 continued to study piano with Professor Gareth Jones at Eton College.He has performed as a piano soloist with the Orchestra of St Mary Magdalen in May 2014 Mozart Piano Concerto in B Flat Major. In October 2014 John has received a special Trophy at Jaques Samuel Pianos Festival and was selected to perform at Wigmore Hall among only 9 other prize winners chosen from young pianists from all London conservatories.
Also in October 2014 he has received the first prize in West London Pianoforte Competition in a piano duet section. He has performed Dmitry Kabalevsky’s Piano Concerto No 3 with the St Mary Magdalen’s Orchestra in May 2015, receiving the first prize for playing the same concerto in a concerto section at the Ealing Festival Competition.
In October 2015 he received the first prize in West London Pianoforte Competition. In May 2016 he performed Beethoven Concerto No 1 with the orchestra of St Mary Magdalen and in June 2016 received the Dorothy Fryer Memorable Prize for Pianoforte by the Association of the Royal Board of Schools. He won Junior Advanced Piano Competition in 2018 and in July 2019 he passed his piano DipABRSM with distinction.