Khari Joyner


Visiting Guest Faculty

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.

Joyner 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. Both received rave reviews.

Also, he has given many cello masterclasses and lectures at notable institutions; most recently at Stetson University and Oberlin Conservatory.

Joyner 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 performed for Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, the latter of which he gave a private performance in the Oval Office.

Mr. 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.

Past guest performances by Joyner include:

  • 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
  • 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 in the movie, The Soloist.

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