John Fawcett is 14 years old.  He is an 8th grader at St. Francis of Assisi School in Bend.  He has been playing the violin since age 5, and is currently a student of Kathryn Lucktenberg.  He has been a member of the Central Oregon Symphony since age 10, and is co-concertmaster of the Central Oregon Youth Orchestra and first violinist of the Armer Quartet.  He is a winner of the COSA Young Artist Competition, the YMA Concerto Competition, the Cascades Classical Music Foundation Competition, and a Sunriver Music Festival Young Artist Scholarship.  He is also an accomplished pianist, and has played electric bass in his school’s rock band.  He enjoys skiing, biking, soccer, road trips, and spicy food. John is also an animal lover, and his favorite pastime is playing with his dogs, a yellow lab and an Alaskan husky.


Q: What is the most interesting or surprising thing about you?
A: I was born in South Dakota, and most of my relatives live in Poland.

Q: What’s on your bucket list?
A: On my bucket list is a cruise to Spain, a chance to perform violin and piano on international TV, and a chance to be part of a flash mob.

Q: If you were stranded on a deserted island, which composer or piece of music would you bring?
A: I would bring Tchaikovsky’s music with me, along with the first two Rachmaninoff piano concertos and, the Brahms Violin and Piano Concertos, the Sibelius violin concerto, and the Scheherazade Orchestral Suite by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Q: Who is your favorite musician?
A: My favorite musician is Maxim Vengerov.

Q: What books are on your current reading list?
A: Books on my current reading list are Joe Redington; Father of the Iditarod and No End in Sight, a book about Rachael Scdoris who is a famous sled dog musher.

Q: What is your favorite place to visit?
Although I’ve only been there once, my favorite place to visit is Germany. I also like long plane flights.

Q: Where would someone most likely find you on a rainy Sunday afternoon?
You would find me spending time with a friend, or playing a soccer video game.