About the Author

Violinist John Weller is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and also plays for Seattle Opera. He has appeared often as Concertmaster for the Symphony Pops Series, as well as for Seattle appearances of Renée Fleming, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Truls Mørk, Doc Severinsen, Bobby McFerrin, Mark O'Connor, and José Feliciano.

Up until the summer of 2012 Weller was Concertmaster for Marvin Hamlisch's many Pops concerts in Seattle.

Also a longtime member of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in New York city, he has found himself on stage with some of the world's most notable soloists of the last 30 years. With that orchestra touring often to Japan, he performed numerous times at the Tokyuu Bunkamura Hall in Tokyo.

A native of Portland, Oregon, John began violin at the age of nine. Five years in the Portland Junior Symphony, four with the Oregon Symphony and now many more with Seattle, violin has been the central passion in life. But other such diverse interests as national politics, Ham radio, the Japanese language, sailing, attempts at Haute Cuisine and a crossword puzzle addiction fill out a fulfilling schedule.

Performing in over a hundred concerts a year with the SSO, John looks for peace and balance on the waters of Puget Sound.

He lives in Seattle aboard his sailboat, '"Poème".