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Khari Joyner, Cellist, and Friends

2021 Afro-Caribbean Arts Fest

February 19, 2021

On Friday, February 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM, Cellist Khari Joyner will perform an evening of Dvorak, Bach, and debut a new work by 20-year old former concertmaster of Javacya Elite Chamber Orchestra, Kenneth Hills, Jr. Acclaimed musician and arts ambassador, Khari Joyner is one of the leading cellists of his generation. Dubbed by the New York Classical Review as one of the most exciting young musicians on the classical scene.

Khari Joyner, Cellist – “…The soloist, Khari Joyner, made a powerful impact. He was eloquently plangent in a cadenza heavy on punishing string crossings and precisely dissonant chords.– Zachary Wolfe, The New York Times “…A musician of ferocious concentration…”

Described by the New York Classical Review as “one of the most exciting young musicians on the classical scene,” Khari Joyner has a following both nationally and abroad as a versatile soloist, chamber musician, and ambassador for the arts. He has made numerous appearances with orchestras and ensembles across the world, including two recent performances of both Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto in A Minor and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which received rave reviews. Also, he has given many cello masterclasses and lectures at notable institutions, most recently at Stetson University and Oberlin Conservatory. Joyner also received a 2017-2018 career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund, which nominates and endows a select number of gifted artists with generous funding to further their careers. Joyner has also performed for Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, the latter for which he gave a private performance in the Oval Office.

Joyner has collaborated and given performances of works by major composers such as Tyshawn Sorey, Carman Moore, Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg, among many others. An active chamber musician and one of the founding members of the Altezza Piano Trio, Joyner also has given performances as a guest at the Ritz Chamber Players, Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia, Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, Fontainbleau Music Festival, Sibelius Academy’s “Creative Dialogue” residency in Santa Fe, and on WQXR as a part of the Midday Masterpieces series. Mr. Joyner is a graduate of Juilliard’s prestigious Doctor of Musical Arts program. He continues to serve as Teaching Assistant to his former teacher Joel Krosnick and also pursued a mathematics concentration in an exchange program with Columbia University while studying in Juilliard’s Accelerated BM/MM program. Joyner enjoys collaborating with both choreographers and actors and was a potential candidate for the role of Nathaniel Ayers for the movie, The Soloist.


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