Blog Event Recap: Connecting Through Community featuring Fedor Ouspensky And Johnny Walker

Fedor Ouspensky is a classically trained violinist from Juilliard with over twenty years of
experience playing the violin and over ten years teaching music. He has experience with ever type of performance environment and has performed all over the world. Additionally, he's attended every type of music festival and learned from world-class musicians. His teaching focuses on helping students learn solid technique, efficient practicing, and help them reach their goals at a swift pace, be it learning specific songs and pieces they love, preparing for auditions, or honing a specific skill such as sight reading and tone production.

Fedor has founded multiple programs that have given new opportunities to students to perform and learn, one of which is Virtual Concert Halls, a company that embraces the virtual world and helps students and performers alike get to connect through performances, interviews, and podcasts virtually from across the world. One of the big focuses of Virtual Concert Halls is to improve the quality of the live music experience online, which includes virtual lessons. Fedor has an expert setup for virtual teaching that makes lessons online seamless and engaging, nullifying the drawbacks that one might expect.

Fedor enjoys many genres of music and creates a mix of different styles for students to explore, as well as offering a wealth of unique violin books, etudes, and materials for students to utilize, all designed by Fedor to take the best of all materials out there and give students the best shot at becoming brilliant musicians.

Johnny Walker, Jr is a professional musician in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Johnny received his Bachelors of Arts in Music Performance from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Prior to pursuing his undergraduate degree, Johnny has earned many awards and performed at some of the most prestigious venues in Washington, DC. Some of the venues include the Kennedy Center, the White House, the Carter Barron Amphitheater, the Atlas Theater, the Lincoln Theater, and the Department of Defense. While at UMBC, he began teaching at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program as a Low Strings teaching assistant. He also continued to perform as a freelance musician in the Baltimore - Washington Metropolitan area and internationally in the Bahamas and Canada. He has participated in the Endless Mountain Music Festival, the inaugural season of Festival Baltimore, and the Colour of Music Festival.

After receiving his BA degree, Johnny has performed and collaborated with numerous
musicians and ensembles such as the Eagles, Vanessa Williams, Larry Graham and Graham
Central Station, Esperanza Spalding, the Lancaster, McLean, Mid-Atlantic, and Soulful
Symphonies, the United States Air Force Band, the Oakwood University’s Gospel Choir,
Robert Glasper, Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, Joshua Bell, Snoh Aalegra, the Matt Jones Orchestra,
and the world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Currently, Johnny runs his own private studio and is a member of the Suzuki Association of
America. He is also a lead Teaching Artist for the Washington Performing Arts’ Capital Strings
program. Whenever he is not teaching, Johnny performs with his band Kontrolled Khaos, the DC
Strings Workshop, and independently as a freelancer. His primary cello teachers have been Élise
Sharpe, Gunnery Sergeant Denna Purdie (Ret.), Gita Ladd, and Dr. Andrea Yun. He participated in
masterclasses held by Carlos Prieto, Norman Fischer, Emanuel Gruber, Michael Kannen, Richard
Belcher, and Claude Hauri of Trio des Alpes.

On The Concert Stage, she has been a featured soloist in the Verdi Requiem with the renowned Morgan State University Choir. She has travelled as a soloist nationally and internationally with the choir and the select group “Singers.'' She is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity.


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