Craig Johnston, Principal Timpani

Craig Johnston (73K)

Craig Johnston has been principal timpanist with the CSO since 1991. He and his wife Barbara (CSO's principal cellist) also are founding members of the Newport Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of his musical career include playing for Gerhardt Samuel in the Bay Area Honor Orchestra as a high school student, for Michael Senturia and Igor Stravinsky at UC Berkeley, and with many other groups. An engineering consultant by day, Craig is also a woodworker and a passionate cruising sailor, having taken leave in 2004 to sail with Barbara across the South Pacific. Their two sons live in Seattle and Los Angeles.