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                                  David Johnstone 

David Johnstone is considered one of the most creative and interesting string players in the Iberian peninsula today, combining a career as a cellist with that of a busy composer.

Although British by birth (and a student at the Royal Academy of Music, London) he has, for over a decade, been principal cellist of the 'Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra' of Spain, and a composer who specializes in string and/or lighter classical writing. Many of his compositions are now published by Creighton's Collection of Great Britain. His works have been heard in more than thirty countries across five continents and on European radio stations and television channels - particularly Spanish National Television 'TeleCinco', who have featured many of his chamber works.

As a performer he has European-wide orchestral and ensemble experience, including playing for renowned orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and the English String Orchestra. He has also performed in London West-End shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Barnum etc., and regularly recorded for BBC Radio programmes.

He is a member of the international concert trio 'B3 Classic' (clarinet-cello-piano), of Neofusion (based around accordion and cello, with Javier López Jaso), and of new-age music formations led by Joaquín Taboada. He also participates in varying projects with the well-known actress and presenter Belén Otxotorena. He is at present a recording artist for Warner Music Spain – both as cellist and as composer – receiving overwhelming successes (with sold out CDs, and arriving in the Spanish iTunes Classical Albums ‘Top 10’!).

Additionally, he has composed for animation films (especially for Channel 4 Television, UK), and has improvised with the cello in silent films (Cine Chimera) and documentary programmes. He is now venturing into jazz (guided by the Basque pianist Mikel Gaztelurrutia) and into celtic based music.