Cellist Emma Hays Johnson is a chamber musician and private instructor currently residing near the D.C. and Baltimore areas. She performs regularly with her piano trio, the Milo Trio, through Washington Musica Viva and teaches cello and chamber music at M Institute for the Arts in Washington D.C. As a chamber musician, Emma Hays has worked alongside renowned musicians Xiao-Dong Wang, Hye-Jin Kim, Ara Gregorian, Colin Carr, Emanuel Gruber, and Raman Ramakrishnan. Her chamber ensembles have been coached by members of the Ying Quartet, Dover Quartet, and Juilliard Quartet. Emma Hays has toured the East Coast with various chamber ensembles and has traveled as far as France and Sri Lanka for chamber music performances and lectures. She recently co-founded her own chamber music series called Empath Concerts with violinist, Celaya Kirchner.
As a teacher, I believe it is my job to inspire. My definition of inspiration embodies respect, creativity, enlightenment and passion which I strive to ingrain in my students. I find that high expectations instill a sense of discipline and artistry that help to achieve these characteristics. While it is important to incorporate honesty in teaching, I have found ways of being critical which spark a desire to be outstanding. I also challenge my students to experiment with their own ideas in the practice room. This not only encourages them to become critical listeners and efficient players, but additionally helps them strengthen their unique artistic voice.
The performances I find to be the most captivating are the ones that create an atmosphere where listeners allow themselves to drift away from reality for a little while. It is my belief that the creative mind requires a catalyst to provide this type of atmosphere which can be gained from the life experiences the performer has had. Experiences inspire an element of imagination which is needed to generate an open space for the listener to contemplate within. The relationships that performers have with people, nature, culture, and art are what allow them to communicate with listeners through music. It is through this life philosophy that I feel I can find the balance of a healthy mind, body, and spirit and share my world with audiences.