John studied at the Royal College of Music as a scholar under professor Rodney Friend, one of the great orchestral leaders.
John is in demand as an orchestral leader in both classical and commercial music. His studio work includes leading soundtrack sessions for Jurassic World, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins Returns, and Marvel’s Doctor Strange. He has worked closely with composers including Michael Giachinno, Marc Shaiman and Alan Menken.
As well as being the leader of the John Wilson Orchestra, he works as a guest leader with groups including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra and others. John regularly tours the UK and abroad leading the John Wilson Orchestra including televised appearances from the BBC Proms.
John is well known as a chamber musician and for 15 years has been the leader of the highly acclaimed Tippett Quartet, performing, and broadcasting across the UK and worldwide. He has recorded extensively, releasing over 25 discs with the quartet for EMI, Somm, Naxos, Signum, Classic FM, Dutton and Guild record labels. Recent releases include a highly acclaimed disc of Mendelssohn string quartets for Somm.
John is gaining a fine reputation as a soloist, appearing with the English Chamber Orchestra and performing double concerti with Maxim Vengerov, and with Stephanie Gonley around the UK and abroad. Over the last 10 years John has been performing and broadcasting the major violin repertoire across the worldwide, including performances at the Liszt Hall in Budapest and concerts across New Zealand. Other recent performances include Brahms, Elgar and Glazunov concertos around the UK.
John Plays on a c.1720 violin by Francesco Goffriller of Venice.