John Lowry is the associate concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. In the past, he has served as concertmaster or guest concertmaster for several orchestras including the Edmonton Symphony, New Hampshire Philharmonic and the Adelaide Symphony (South Australia). He has also performed with the Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra and many others. He began his musical studies in Edmonton with pedagogue Ranald Shean, and is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Yale University. His other teachers have included David Zafer, George Neikrug, and Oscar Shumsky.
Lowry has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Halifax and Red Deer with such conductors as Hans Graf, Mario Bernardi, James Judd, Timothy Vernon, Ivars Taurins, and Jean-François Rivest. He was previously on the faculty of the University of Manitoba and Lowell University in Massachusetts. He also taught for many summers at the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre and the Langley Community Music School.
As a chamber musician, Lowry has collaborated with such artists as James Campbell, Bernadene Blaha, Rivka Golani, Eliot Fisk, Robert Aitken, Joel Sachs, and Barry Shiffman. In 2011 he played the première of Stormwatch, Stormfall by Peter Maxwell Davies with the Aventa Ensemble. He has participated in the Pacific Rim Festival, Alberta Scene 2005, and the Fort Macleod International Festival. He is a founding member of Calgary’s Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, whose recent recording was nominated for a Juno Award this year. His violin was made by Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi in Milan in 1769.