Khari Joyner, cellist, hails from Atlanta, GA. He has made an exceptional number of accomplishments both nationally and abroad, including a concert series and teaching residency for over one thousand students sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and The Hague, in the Netherlands, to a performance in Alice Tully Hall with guest artists Hubert Laws and Boots Maleson for the Ron Carter at 75 concert with the Juilliard Jazz. His most recent accomplishments include his solo debut with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, performing the World Premiere of Carman Moore’s MADIBA for cello and orchestra under the direction of George Manahan, a private performance for President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, a performance of Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra as soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra, and the U.S. Premiere of the late Valentin Bibik’s Cello Concerto No. 2, with the New Juilliard Ensemble. Exemplifying outstanding achievement and leadership in his musical career, Joyner was awarded the William Schuman Prize at Juilliard’s 109th Commencement Ceremony.
Other recent accolades include winning First Places in the Juilliard Concerto Competition, 12th Annual Sphinx Competition Junior Division, and an appearance on the Radio Show “From the Top” in El Paso, TX, after winning $10,000 as a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist. In 2008, he became the ASTA Competition Georgia State winner and in 2007, he won the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) Concerto Competition. He also served as Principal of the ASYO. Heralded by Atlanta Journal Constitution as “one of the most promising cellists in the country”, Joyner made his orchestral debut at 17, performing the Haydn C Major Concerto with the Atlanta Symphony under renowned conductor Robert Spano. He has also had numerous solo engagements with the Buffalo, New World, New Jersey, and Sphinx Symphonies performing the Elgar, Dvorak, and Boccherini Concertos. Joyner’s cello studies started at the age of eight, and his prodigious career was launched four years later in an unexpected way when he was asked to perform for the late Coretta Scott-King in a featured performance with his two older brothers in the KAJ trio.
As a fervent recitalist, Joyner recently gave his France debut at the L’Oratoire du Louvre in Paris and the Chateau du Fontainebleau, performing works by Schnittke, Greif, Ravel, and Dutilleux. Recitals in the Atlanta Metropolitan area have included the Emory University Upcoming Young Artist Series performing with pianist William Ransom, the Casual Classics Concert Series, the Annual Trumpet Awards Breakfast, Border’s Music Series, and a featured performer for the 2008 Maya Angelou Birthday Celebration. Moreover, he has been featured several times on radio station NPR, and has been a featured performer for WSBTV’s People to People Segment. He was also considered to play the role as the young Nathaniel Ayers in the film The Soloist. Furthermore, Joyner is also an aficionado of chamber music, performing regularly with his brothers, violinists Amyr and Jarin, in the KAJ Trio. In November 2002, the trio opened for Bruce Hornsby at the YMCA Y-Stars Benefit Concert, in Atlanta. wwwkharijoyner